Dravid opens up about India’s Test series loss in England
Rahul Dravid, former Indian captain and the present coach of India A and India U19 teams has stated that the loss in the England’s Test series is a missed opportunity and feels Indian batsmen could have done lot more better.
Nearly ten days ago India finished their long tour of England which started in mid parts of July this year. They ended the series with a 1-4 loss in the Test series. Even though the visitors lost the series, they had fought very well and missed some close games where they could have won it.
Indian former captain and the present head coach of India A and India U19 teams, Rahul Dravid has came up with a statement that India could have dome more better in the series specially Indian batsmen as bowlers did their part very well through out the series.
The former right handed batsman has agreed the fact that the conditions are much tough for the batsmen but he feels that Virat’s men could have taken it as an advantage and secured a series win as their bowlers did a splendid job.
“Firstly, the point I would like to make is that there were pretty tough conditions (in England). I know it is very easy to be critical about people, but those were not easy batting conditions in England this time.”
The veteran batsman has accepted the thing that all the batsmen form both teams struggled to score except Indian skipper Virat Kohli. “Other than Virat Kohli, who was head and shoulders above everyone else, both teams found it difficult. Having said that, I think that the team will feel that this was an opportunity missed because of how well the bowlers were bowling.”
As stated above he praised the Indian bowling unit which performed like a dream come true moment. “Some of our bowling in that England series was the stuff of dreams.”
He further added, “So, I think they will look back and feel that if we had batted a bit better in some key situations or maybe push through and scored a few more runs, we could have won this series. It will seem for the boys like – and even for us who are involved in India cricket in some ways – we will look at this slightly as an opportunity missed.”
The former Indian captain also praised the show of two youngsters Rishab Pant and Hanuma Vihari.
“It does [make me happy] and it would even do when I was not a coach,” he said. “You see a young kid come through and perform the way they do, Rishabh does what he does or a Vihari did what he did, or young Khaleel Ahmed the other night [in the Asia Cup] – to see some of them come through and the joy it brings to their faces … it gladdens your heart,” he added.
“I might be a coach, but I am a fan in that sense of the word as well. When you see a young Indian talent come through, you feel good about it.”