Not All Pitches Will be Flat; Says Rahul Dravid After T20I Series Lost
Rahul Dravid believes that the new players will learn with experience that “not all wickets will be flat”. They need to figure out ways to cope with the low-scoring tranks similar to the last two T20Is with Sri Lanka.
India lost the T20I series against Sri Lanka by 2-1 on Thursday. The nine of the top-order players were out of the play due to COVID-19 related issues.
Sri Lankan leg spinner Wanindu Nasaranga gave hard time to the rookies Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Nitish Rana along with Sanju Samson.
When Rahul Dravid was asked about how he felt about the difficulties faced by Indian batsmen against Hasaranga, he replied negatively.
“I am not disappointed as they are young. They are going to learn and get better only when they are exposed to these kinds of conditions and the quality of bowling. Sri Lankan team’s bowling is an international bowling attack.” Rahul Dravid said while assessing the overall performance in the series.
But Dravid admitted that the new players had a lot to learn on how to play on challenging pitches, as pitches in domestic cricket have become easier compared to his times.
“They would have liked to score a few more runs. They now have an opportunity to reflect that not all wickets are going to be flat. We need to find ways to scrap and score 130, 140 on these wickets.” Dravid observed after seeing Ranas and Paddikals struggle.
“It’s really a good learning as they are all young players. This is a great opportunity to reflect their performances and may be come up with slightly better strategies.
“Let me be fair, we don’t get these kind of conditions very often in T20 cricket but when you do, I think, you have responsibility to play slightly better.’ Said Rahul.
He praised the Indian spinners Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Chakravarthy and Rahul Chahal.
“We have a really good crop of spinners who are coming through. Heartening to see how our four spinners performed and even standby spinner Sai Kishore is a really good bowler.”
Dravid defended Sanju Samson despite his poor performance in the last few T20 matches.
“It was not the easiest pitch to bat on. In ODIs, he got a chance and scored 46. He was batting well in the first T20 but last couple of wickets were challenging.
“I guess yeah, if you look back at the series, we will be a little disappointed. Having said that not on Sanju but a lot of young guys in this team are talented kids, and we need to be patient with them.”
Dravid was also impressed that the young team had to bear a 45-day bio-bubble period with six matches to play.
“We have been in bubble for 45 days and we have played only six matches in those days, for a variety of reasons. The Sri Lankan boys picked up COVID-19 after their England tour and whole series got postponed,” he said.
“…it has been challenging. The boys have been in quarantine and they have been in bubble and they have only seen hotels, even in hotels, certain parts of hotels. It’s credit to all boys in the manner they maintained their spirit and worked really hard. I can’t fault any of the boys for their effort,” he added.
He praised the skipper Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar for maintaining a good team during difficult times.
“Shikhar, Bhuvi, the leadership group for the environment that they created and terrific energy that they created, I can’t fault them on their effort.”
However, he put things in perspective by saying that playing cricket during a pandemic was a privilege because so many others were suffering around the world.
“It was tough for us and not an easy situation to be in. We are lucky to play cricket as we have seen in the last few years, a lot of people go through a lot of suffering and go through some very very difficult times.” He said.
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