Team India head coach Rahul Dravid praised his side’s bowling attack ahead of their Asia Cup Super 4 encounter against arch-rivals Pakistan. Addressing a press conference, Dravid talked about how while the bowling strike in India may not look so glamorous, they get the job done. While trying to explain this, he got stuck at a word, but showed a quick mind to get the message across without uttering it.
Dravid was asked about Pakistan’s bowling lineup who did well against India, and while he admitted they had a good lineup, he also defended his bowlers.
“Yeah, they bowled well, I won’t deny that. Sure they’re a good bowling club. But we also bowled well to narrow them down to 147,” Dravid said.
“Yeah, sometimes the numbers show someone bowled 145 km/h, someone 147 km/h, but in the end bowling analysis is the most important.”
“Whether you bowl 135 or 145 or 125, whether you swing the ball or not, you are judged by the results,” Dravid said.
“And the bowling analysis of our fast bowlers was pretty good too. So I definitely respect their bowling, but I’m confident we have a very good bowling attack as well,” he said.
He then started his next sentence “Maybe not like…” and then stopped.
“I wanted to use the word, but I can’t use that word. The word in my head comes out of my mouth, but I can’t use it,” Dravid said, to the amusement of the reporters present.
A reporter asked if the word he wanted to use was “exuberant”.
“No, not ‘exuberant’. It’s kind of… four letters, starting with an ‘S’, but okay,” he said, as the audience laughed even more.
“We may not look glamorous, but we have some guys who are getting results,” Dravid concluded his reply.
India defeated Pakistan in their opening match to keep Hong Kong 40 runs below their total.
However, the team suffered a serious blow in the form of a knee injury that eliminated star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja for the remainder of the tournament.
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