Team India head coach Rahul Dravid, who was with the team in Sri Lanka believes that the young generation of Indian batsmen will have to learn with experience that “not all wickets will be flat”. He also said that they need to develop the art of playing on low-scoring tracks like the ones during the last two T20 Internationals against Sri Lanka a well.
Notably, India lost the three-match T20 International series by 1-2 against Sri Lanka where they had played without nine of their key players due to COVID-19 guidelines. Youngsters like Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Nitish Rana alongside Sanju Samson were seen struggling against a quality spin bowling attack of Sri Lanka led by leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga.
While talking about that, Dravid said: “I am not disappointed as they are young. They are going to learn and get better only when they are exposed to these kind of conditions and quality of bowling. Sri Lankan team’s bowling attack is an international bowling attack,” Dravid said while assessing the overall performance in the series.”
“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. It’s really a good learning as they are all young players. This is a great opportunity to reflect on these performances and may be come up with some 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,” the former India captain shared.
Meanwhile, Rahul Dravid was impressed with captain Shikhar Dhawan and his deputy Bhuvneshwar Kumar as they did quite well while maintaining a rather inexperienced team amid this tough time.
“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. It was tough for us and not an easy situation to be in. We are lucky to play cricket as we have seen in last few years, a lot of people go through a lot of sufferings and go through some very very difficult times,” Rahul Dravid concluded.