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Dravid happy

Bangalore: Rahul Dravid drew satisfaction from his hundred and his partnerships with Dinesh Karthik and Arjun Yadav that strengthened South Zone’s march into the Duleep Trophy semifinal.

“Our aim is to win this tournament and we are in a good position. It was good to score runs. Arjun batted well and then Dinesh scored at a fair clip. We should bat for another hour and then we should be in the semifinal,” Dravid said.

On the New Zealand tour, he said: “It is a fair way away and I am not thinking of New Zealand,” Dravid said, besides praising the Chinnaswamy Stadium pitch.

Meanwhile, Karthik, who became the sixth batsman to slam back-to-back centuries in a Duleep Trophy match after K.P. Bhaskar, Yuvraj Singh, Aakash Chopra, Wasim Jaffer and Kevin Pietersen, said it was critical to capitalise on good form to slot himself as a batsman in the Indian squad.

“Before the Sri Lankan series Anil bhai (Kumble) said it was a fantastic opportunity but I let him down with an ordinary performance. I felt that I must improve and I am trying to get back into the team as a batsman and I know that if I keep scoring runs I will get back into the team. This is the first time I have ever scored hundreds in back to back innings,” Karthik said. — Principal Correspondent

Corrections and Clarifications:

A report "Dravid happy" ("Sport", January 25, 2009) incorrectly said thatDinesh Karthik is the sixth batsman to score a century in each innings in aDuleep Trophy match. He is actually the seventh. The list excludes the nameof Lalchand Rajput who was the first to accomplish the feat for West zoneagainst South zone in 1986-87 with scores of 105 and 109.

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