Rahul Dravid was asked to pick two spinners from the Indian team for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021. He refused to name any of his picks for the time being. Although India lost the T20I series to Sri Lanka, Indian spinners were the best performers in the series. Yuzvendra Chahal picked 5 wickets in a couple of ODIs, whereas, Rahul Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy were impressive in the shortest format.
This was India’s last international T20I series ahead of the T20 World Cup, and hence Rahul Dravid gave all the spinners a chance during the six white-ball games. Even Krunal Pandya, Krishnappa Gowtham, and Kuldeep Yadav played their roles perfectly by keeping things tight.
Talking about the same, Rahul Dravid said, “I am not going to do that. I am the coach of this team. I am not going to name people publicly. All I would want to say is that all of them performed really well. We are lucky to have that kind of depth and quality in our team. And, two or three, or how many ever the selectors pick, will be great and will be able to do the job. It is up to the selectors to decide who they want and what they are looking at.”
If Indian spinners were consistent in taking wickets, so were the Lankan spinners led by Wanindu Hasaranaga. The leg-spinner managed to scalped as many as four wickets in the third T20I and gave away just nine runs.
Describing the same, Rahul Dravid said, “In the last couple of games, we were a batsman short, which was always challenging. But the great positive for me was the way the boys fought. In the second game, we ran them very close. T(Wanindu) Hasaranga has been exceptional throughout the series, both him and (Dushmantha) Chameera. We just lost too many wickets early on. 80 was never going to be enough.”