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Dravid 'proud' to lead India

Tourists seal series win in England

By Rob Lancaster.   Last Updated: 14/08/07 7:48am

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Rahul Dravid was a very happy captain after India sealed a series victory over England at The Oval.

A draw in the final Test saw the tourists take the series 1-0 thanks to their win at Trent Bridge in the second match.

Dravid was delighted with the performance of his players, several of whom are unlikely to play Test cricket again in England.

"It makes me feel proud to captain this team," he told Sky Sports.

"What we have achieved today is because of the efforts of the team and the support staff.

"I think that all the players that have come here have enjoyed coming to England and playing cricket in this beautiful country where the game is really well supported and loved.

"It's fitting that all of us go back with these memories of having won a series here. It is a tribute to all the players."

Defensive

The final margin could have been even greater in India's favour had they been able to bowl England out on the final day at The Oval.

However, Kevin Pietersen's century helped the hosts salvage a draw after Dravid had elected not to enforce the follow-on, a decision that saw him come in for some criticism for being too defensive.

"I can understand why people may be disappointed sitting in their living rooms," he admitted when questioned on his decision to bat again on Sunday.

"But I have got to look after my bowlers and the amount of work they've put in at the end of a long series.

"I know them from close quarters and I can read their body language, so I know what I need to do.

"We came here to win this series and that is all that matters."

Final fling

Anil Kumble, who was named man of the match after scoring his maiden Test ton, was delighted to be part of an India squad that had just secured a first series win on English soil since 1986.

"It's a special moment, winning a series here after 21 years," the spinner confessed.

"This is definitely my last Test in England, so it's wonderful to go back home victorious.

"I have really fond memories of Test and county cricket in England, so it's good to go back with a victory."

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