Caribbean tour will be 'big challenge' for Gambhir: Dravid

Rahul Dravid cautioned Gautam Gambhir ahead of India’s West Indies tour Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: May 14, 2011

Former India skipper Rahul Dravid has cautioned the skipper for the Caribbean ODI series, Gautam Gambhir, of the perils ahead of the tour calling it a ‘big challenge for the left-hand batsman.

“It is going to be a big challenge for Gauti. West Indies do play good cricket at home. We need to see what kind of team they put on the park. If they field all their top players, they are going to be a very, very competitive team. There is no doubt about it. It should be an interesting series for India,” Dravid who led India to a Test series win in 2006 against West Indies, said here on Friday on the sidelines of a promotional event.

Dravid also stressed on changing conditions in the Caribbean and the need to adapt quickly.

“Conditions can vary from island to island so we need a bit of adaptability. Wickets are very different in Barbados, St Lucia and Kingston. The weather changes from one island to another.

Adaptability is going to be important when you play there,” said Dravid, who went on to win a Test series in England in 2007 after the successful Caribbean tour.