Faisalabad: Asked about the move to drop Sourav Ganguly from the XI for the second Test, India captain Rahul Dravid said, "It was a difficult decision to leave out someone as experienced as Sourav. But we felt we needed to play five bowlers here. We are seeking to win games, irrespective of the conditions."
Dravid said, "we were in control at 216 for four. Pakistan took the game away from us from that point." He was confident that India could bounce back in the Test. "We once won a Test after conceding 400 runs in a day (in 2003 against Australia in Adelaide) but we need to bowl well on the second day."
The Indian skipper felt the pitch for the second Test was even flatter than the one in Lahore. He had words of appreciation for debutant Rudra Pratap Singh. "He bowled well in his first Test for India. It (pitch) was not for the bowlers out there."
About Irfan Pathan's ordinary effort, he said, "anyone can have a bad day."
Pakistan vice-captain Younis Khan felt there was a hint of uneven of bounce on the pitch and said "it was a good toss to win."
On his brilliant batting against Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble, he said, "I had played a lot against spin in my early days. I am comfortable with the leg-spinners and the off-spinners."
Younis said India's strategy of playing five bowlers was a good one. "They did not bowl badly. You got to give batsmen the credit."