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Sunday , July 6 , 2014
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Dravid: Onus is on bowlers

London: Former India captain Rahul Dravid says India’s success in England will largely depend on how well their under-fire bowling attack can shape up during the five-Test series, starting at Nottingham on July 9.

“The onus is on the bowlers. The key will be to take 20 wickets,” Dravid said at Lord’s, where he is playing for MCC XI against the Rest of the World in a match marking the ground’s bicentenary on Saturday. Under Dravid’s captaincy, India, in 2007, had won the three-Test series 1-0 — one of the three Indian Test series victories on English soil.

Dravid pointed out that left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan, who is not a part of the current series because of injury, and retired leg-spinner Anil Kumble played a vital role in the team’s victory in 2007.

“When we won the series here in 2007, Zaheer was exceptional but he got good support from the other guys as well. Anil was brilliant because he was able to control the game by keeping one end tight,” Dravid recalled.

Dravid has been appointed as an advisor to the Indian team in England for the Test series and he will be joining them ahead of the first Test. Asked if he would be “mentoring” the side, Dravid said, “We will see with the results. If it goes well, I have done it.”

The touring India squad comprises pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and the experienced Ishant Sharma — the only bowler in the squad to have played a Test in England.

Dravid said unless these bowlers are able to swing the ball, it would be difficult to get the better of the English batsmen.

“All the three seamers (Zaheer, RP Singh and Sreesanth) swung the ball in that 2007 series and if the Indian bowlers can pitch the ball up and swing it in this series, I think they will give themselves a good chance,” he said.