Dravid looks back at his T20 debut

Rahul Dravid said Indian team was 10-15 runs short in the T20 match which resulted in loss on Wednesday Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Sep 2, 2011

Rahul Dravid has expressed content at his performance in the only T20 match he played against England on Wednesday, which was his first and last match in the 20-over format.

Dravid was quoted in BCCI as saying, “Obviously it was nice. Twenty20 is that kind of game; you go in there and play your shots. Someday it comes off [and] some days it doesn t, you ve just got to accept it. This is how the game is, to be honest. And today a few shots came off [so] it was good. [It s] nice to go out there and get some runs.

When asked about the experience of playing the last T20 match he said, “[It was a] bit unique. It was nice, [it s a] great atmosphere so it was nice to play and yes, [it ] a bit funny walking out knowing that you are not going to play another [T20I] again.

“Good thing I announced it [the retirement] beforehand, didn t I?”

Dravid felt India was short of 15 runs in the match which resulted in the loss.

“You can t. The runs you have got, you have to go out and defend it and really work hard on the field. You ve got to make up those 10-15 runs [with a] bit of fielding. We have got a good young fielding side so hopefully they can show some of that fielding on the park,” he said.

Mr. Dependable was impressed with debutant Ajinkya Rahane s performance in the T20 match. Lavishing praising on the 23-year old Rahane, Dravid said, “He played beautifully. [I ve] seen him at the IPL for Rajasthan [Royals] as well, and [he s] a really good young player.

“[He has] got a fantastic domestic record and [it s] great to see him do well as soon as he has come into international cricket. [It] will give him a lot of confidence. [He is] obviously a very good player and once you have that confidence behind you it makes a big difference. So it was nice to see a young man do so well.”