Rahul Dravid Analyzes Individual Brilliance And Areas For Improvement In Vizag Test
By CricShots - Feb 6, 2024 12:22 pm
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India’s emphatic win in the second Test against England not only levelled the series but also provided valuable insights into the team’s performance and strategy. Head coach Rahul Dravid, in his post-match analysis, highlighted the pivotal individual contributions that shaped the outcome.

Team India
Team India

India’s head coach, Rahul Dravid, acknowledged these performances at a press conference, stating, “Yashasvi’s brilliant innings, 209 in that first innings. And then Bumrah’s spell really on the first two days kept us, or got us ahead by 140 [runs].”

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Reflecting on the team’s overall performance, Dravid emphasized the need for a more collective effort in the next matches. “We needed a bit more of a team performance over the next days three and four to get us over the line. So, yeah, quite pleased considering, going behind in the last Test match and then losing a few players. Happy we were able to bounce back,” he said.

Despite India’s substantial first-innings lead of 143 runs, Rahul Dravid noted the challenges in dictating terms during the second innings.

Yashasvi Jaiswal
Yashasvi Jaiswal scored his maiden double-century

He pointed out the team’s inability to build on partnerships and capitalize on key moments, stating, “I think after we lost the first couple of wickets, we soaked the pressure really well to get that partnership, but we couldn’t just capitalize on it enough.”

Rahul Dravid suggested that the team should have posted a higher total in both innings, especially after Jaiswal’s double ton. However, he recognized the learning curve for the younger batters and emphasized the balance between intent and caution.

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“If you want people to play with a little bit of intent and play a little bit positively, then you’re gonna have to accept a few mistakes,” he commented.

Rahul dravid
Rahul Dravid

Acknowledging that runs were left on the board, Dravid highlighted the team’s relative inexperience but expressed confidence in the learning process. “I do feel that we did leave runs on the board here again. I think that’s maybe a function of the fact that we do have a lot of young batsmen coming through who are still figuring out Test cricket a little bit,” he said.

Addressing pitch conditions, Rahul Dravid clarified that the team doesn’t request rank turners and adapts to the surfaces provided. “Curators make the pitches. We don’t ask for rank turners. We look at the wicket, and we try to do the best we can with what we get,” he concluded. The focus now shifts to the upcoming matches in the series, with both teams eyeing a series victory.