Team India head coach Rahul Dravid has said that while the series win against New Zealand at home was a good one, the team is ‘realistic’ about the result as well. Team India thrashed the Kiwis in the three-match T20I series at home, which started just three days after the final of the T20 World Cup 2021.
While talking about his first series win as Team India head coach, Dravid said at a press conference that it was important to put this win into perspective also.
He added: “It was a really good series win. Everyone played really well right through the series. It feels good, nice to start well. We are also quite realistic. We have to keep our feet on the ground and be a bit realistic about this win.”
Rahul Dravid also opened up on New Zealand’s performance and also agreed that it was not easy for them to play the series soon after the conclusion of the T20 World Cup.
Dravid shared: “Not easy for NZ to play a World Cup final and then to turn up three days later and play three games in six days, was never going to be easy for them. It was nice from our perspective but we have to learn from this series and move forward. It’s a long journey ahead over the next two years and we’ll have our share of ups and downs.”
India didn’t get the service of Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja as they all were rested. But, they had new faces, including Venkatesh Iyer and Harshal Patel who made their debuts. While Harshal won the Man of the Match in his debut game, Venkatesh Iyer also impressed everyone. However, both teams will play the two-match Test series, beginning with the first match in Kanpur on November 25 as well.
“It’s been really good to see some of the young guys come through. We have given opportunities to some of the boys who haven’t played a lot of cricket over the last few months. We have seen some of the skills available to us and we have to keep building on those skills as we go forward. It’s going to be a long season between now and the next World Cup being realistic with how much cricket some of our experienced players will play,” Rahul Dravid concluded.