Confusion led to dismissal in Edgbaston Test, says Dravid

Rahul Dravid walks off after being dismissed on the fourth day of the Edgbaston Test Getty Images

London: Aug 17, 2011

Veteran Indian batsman Rahul Dravid said that he did not ask for a review of the umpires decision in his bizarre dismissal during the third cricket Test against England as he was confused how a sound had come though he was sure he did not edge the ball.

Dravid was ruled caught behind off James Anderson in the second Indian innings of the third Test at Edgbaston when actually his bat had hit the shoelace and he hadn’t edged the ball.

Dravid said instead of trusting his own instincts, he had relied on the judgement of umpire Simon Taufel and non-striker partner Tendulkar, who both felt that he was out, and the thought of his shoelace hitting the bat never came to his mind.

“My first instinct was that I had not hit it. But there was a loud noise, and I couldn’t figure out where it had come from. I knew I hadn’t hit the ground, or my pad, or my shoe, so it confused me as to where the noise had come from. But I didn’t think I had touched it,” Dravid said.

“So I asked my partner and he said there was a big noise. So I had Simon Taufel, one of the best umpires in the world, ruling me out, my partner saying it was out and I myself had heard the noise. I thought maybe it was just one of those instances where I hadn’t felt the edge,” Dravid said in a video interview to ‘Daily Telegraph’.

“As soon as I got back to the dressing room I told the guys I had to see the replay. I wanted to know where I had touched it. I could never have imagined it was a shoelace.”

Dravid said had he sought review and batted along with Tendulkar, India could have given a better account of itself in the match, which it lost by an innings and 242 runs.

“It was disappointing because I’ve been batting well and if I had batted longer with Sachin, who played well in that innings, and if we had seen off Anderson’s spell before lunch, we could have at least put up a bigger fight,” said Dravid who became the second most prolific Test batsman after Tendulkar during the tour.

Dravid did not mind praising England pace battery for their tremendous performance in the series.

“It’s been a hard series for a combination of reasons. The pitches have been conducive to good swing bowling, and also the quality of the England bowling has been superb. Their seamers have bowled beautiful lengths, and have pitched the ball up. We expected England to be good in this series, but we expected ourselves to be better.”

Dravid though said England’s test will come when they tour India for a Test series next year.

“You have to do well in conditions in which you haven’t done well. England haven’t won in India for 27 years, so they have to do that. They’ve got the team and the skills to do it but it still needs to be done. Hopefully we can stop them from doing that,” he said.

The former captain said India will “play for pride” in the fourth Test and their “goal now is to get back to number one position”, PTI reported.