Dravid On India’s Loss
The team’s hesitant 10-wicket loss to England in the quarterfinal, according to India head coach Rahul Dravid, was upsetting. But the T20 World Cup campaign as a whole wasn’t a disaster. India lost to Jos Buttler‘s team by 10 wickets. This extends their winless streak at ICC events into the tenth year. Let us look at Dravid On India’s Loss at India Vs England T20 World Cup 2022 press meet in detail.
Dravid lauded England’s opening duo of Jos Buttler and Alex Hales for putting an end to the slim hopes India had at the game’s halfway stage with the highest partnership in T20 World Cup history (170*). He also mentioned how the new ball’s lack of forward swing made for a poor match-up.
Dravid On India’s Loss: “We knew the key to the game obviously was to try and take that opening partnership as early as we could. I think we tried to attack a little bit with our lengths up front. We thought that was a tactic. They played that really well, “added Dravid.
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Talking about the playing condition he said, “The ball didn’t swing here probably as much as it has in other parts of Australia or in other conditions. Played a little bit into their hands, and class players like that, both Buttler and Hales, I thought their partnership was fantastic today.”
“I think they just put the pressure on us, never let that go, and even when our spinners came on on a wicket that we thought we might be able to control the game, they really counterattacked our spinners, as well, and put our spinners under a lot of pressure.”
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Dravid gave credit to England openers for never letting India make a comeback in the game. He said “Once they got off to that kind of start, I think they could really sit back and control the run rate. We had 168. They brought that run rate down to six and a half I think by the time the sixth over was finished, or seven runs an over, and then on a small ground like that, they were always in control, so they were going to control that game.
“Also they didn’t really need to take too many risks. They could sit back and — not that they didn’t take them; they played some really good shots right through. But yeah, these things happen. Yeah, it’s disappointing. Debacle I’m not sure is the right word, but disappointing certainly.”
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Talking about the future of T20 cricket and participation of Indian players in the international franchise cricket. Dravid said, “It’s tough. I think it’s very difficult for Indian cricket because a lot of these tournaments happen right in the peak of our season,” Dravid said.
“I think it’s a huge challenge for us. Yes, I think a lot of our boys maybe do miss out on the opportunities of playing in a lot of these leagues, but if you were to… it’s really up to the BCCI to make that decision. But the thing is it’s right in the middle of our season. With the kind of demand there would be for Indian players, if you allowed all the Indian players to play in these leagues, we would not have a domestic cricket. Our domestic trophy, our Ranji Trophy would be finished, and that would mean Test cricket would be finished.
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“I know a lot of people talk about it, but we have to be very careful… We have to understand the challenges that Indian cricket faces or the BCCI would face in a situation like this. You’d see all our boys…like a lot of boys being asked to play leagues right bang in the middle of our season. We’ve seen what that’s done to West Indian cricket, and I would definitely not want Indian cricket to go that way. It would certainly affect our Ranji Trophy; it would affect Test cricket. Indian boys playing Test cricket is pretty important for the Test game, as well, I would think.”
India National Team will next play Newzealand on 18th November for 3 T20Is and 2 ODI matches. Meanwhile, in the domestic circuit, India recently concluded shortest format Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (20 Overs) and is on to organise Vijay Hazare (50 Overs) Trophy starting from 12th November.