Hyderabad: May 19, 2012
Rahul Dravid refused suggestions that their batsmen crumbled under pressure in a must-win situation and simply said that they did not bat well enough against Deccan Chargers, in Hyderabad on Friday.
Dravid-led Rajasthan Royals were knocked out of the IPL Play-offs race after losing the match by five wickets.
"I don't think it was the pressure. We did not play good cricket, should have recognised it was a 150-wicket not more.
Very disappointed in the dressing room, tough dressing room I have just left," Dravid said.
The former India skipper also defended his decision to bat as they posted a modest 126 for eight and went on to lose.
"I don't look at stats too much. We need to look at our own strengths. It was a bat-first wicket, we did not bat too well," he said, adding that they would try to "deliver in front of fans at home" when they play Mumbai Indians on Sunday.
Cameron White, who led Deccan Chargers in place of Kumar Sangakkara, was relived to finally score a win in front of home fans.
"I hope the jinx of losing here is gone for the next game and for the next season. It was a good team effort to win it.
We felt we bowled well, the way the track played, we would have batted first too," he said. (PTI)