It helps playing practice games on tour: Dravid

Rahul Dravid was the highest run getter for India with 461 runs during the four-match Test series against England Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Aug 24, 2011

Lack of preparation ahead of the England tour was seen as a major factor in India s dismal performance and star batman Rahul Dravid reiterated the fact that practice games ahead of a tour helps players to acclimatise to the foreign condition.

“It does help if you have some first class games and a few games to get ready and prepared,” Dravid said in an interview to a English Daily.

Dravid, who led India to a series win in England after a gap of 21 years in 2007, said that he enjoyed playing in England and has good memories from earlier tours.

“I have a lot of pleasant memories of touring England. I made my debut here, had a good series then and had a very good 1999 World Cup. It gives you that confidence that you have played well on those wickets, in those conditions you have scored runs,” revealed ‘The Wall .

The Indian middle-order batsman said that his desire to learn and get better his strength and at time can be harsh on him.

“I’ve had a good temperament right from when I was young. I’ve always had a desire to learn and get better I tend to keep pushing myself and I can sometimes be quite hard on myself. Sometimes I need to watch myself on that. But, in some ways, it’s helped, because I’ve kept pushing, looking to get better, and kept improving.”