Rahul Dravid, India’s Head coach had no apprehensions and gut-hurdles while accepting that Indian ODI team which visited SA lacked a proper balance of the player in likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya. He spoke to the press in after match session and talked about the captaincy of KL Rahul and declared his job decent.

India lost the three-match ODI series 0-3 and Dravid answered a range of questions covering the poor show in middle-overs both in batting and bowling, KL Rahul’s nascent captaincy career and how Venkatesh Iyer is not being thought of as a top-order batter.

“Yeah, we understand the template. Obviously, a large part of the template is also dependent on the balance of your squad,” Dravid replied when asked if the Indian team needs to revisit its template in 50-over cricket.

“I think if you are a little bit honest, some of the guys who help us balance the the squad out and give us those all-round options at Nos 6, 7 and 8 are probably not here, and available for selection,” Dravid said, clearly talking about the absence of Pandya, who is trying to get his bowling fitness back and Jadeja, who is recuperating from a knee injury.

Rahul Dravid

“Hopefully, when they (Hardik and Jadeja) come back, it will give us a lot more depth, it allows us then to probably play in a slightly different style,” Dravid made it clear as to what he missed in the series.

Dravid’s assessment of his namesake’s leadership skills was pretty lavish as he wanted people to factor in that he could only do as much with the kind of squad he had at his disposal.


“I thought he did a good job. Not easy to be on the wrong side of the result. He is just starting out as captain,” he said.

“…..and he will learn and a large part of captaincy is execution of skills by your players and the quality of the side you have got. We were a little bit short on the ODI side of things and I thought he did a very decent job, someone who is growing and will constantly be improving as Captain”, Rahul Dravid Said.


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