Dravid dismisses reports of rift within Team India

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Perth: Indian veteran Rahul Dravid has refuted reports in the Australian media claiming that the Indian team is struggling over the issue of captaincy and there is a divide among the players.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Dravid denied the reports and said, "When you do badly, suddenly everything is seen as wrong with the team. There is no truth to those matters. As I said, the spirit of the team is really good."

Dravid, who is celebrating his 39th birthday on Wednesday, feels the green pitch at the WACA will be a challenge for the Indian batsmen.

“Green pitch will be a challenge for us. We won here the last time so it will be an exciting contest. A win here will be akin to an Australian team winning on a rank turner in the subcontinent.” he said

The batsman, who has looked out of touch in the series so far, refused to comment on the how the pitch would play, saying it was too early to make any predictions.

“It is too early to make any judgment on the pitch. We have played on the surface before four years back but it is a long time.” Dravid said.

Dravid also hoped that the current Australian doesn’t go the England way where they were beaten comprehensively in the Tests as well as the ODIs.

"It's important we don't go down the same route. Hope we can fight back and play better cricket. We had our moment in Melbourne...we need to take heart from it. It's important for us we don't go down the route of England,"

Speaking on his form Dravid, who has been bowled thrice in the series, said, “I am definitely working on a few things. When you get out bowled three times you do think about it. I've worked on a few things but it isn't anything major. There isn't anything drastic that I have changed over the last year when I was very successful. I have seen the videos (of England) and I can't see anything different. I hope it's just a coincidence.”

He also praised the Australian bowling attack for keeping the Indian batsmen on their toes throughout the series.

“Australian bowlers have bowled consistently well in good areas throughout the series and they deserve the praise. It’s now up to us how we counter them.” he said.

With PTI inputs

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