Group India head coach Rahul Dravid has termed the Check sequence loss in South Africa as a ‘disappointment’ whereas wanting again on his eight-month stint with the workforce to this point.
The 49-year-old Dravid took cost as India’s coach after Ravi Shastri’s tenure ended following the T20 World Cup within the UAE final yr. One in every of Dravid’s early assignments was the tour of South Africa. India received the Boxing Day Check in Centurion, however the guests misplaced the opposite two video games to lose the sequence.
In an interview uploaded on bcci.television, Dravid stated that India squandered an excellent alternative to clinch their maiden Check sequence win in South Africa. He stated:
“After I look again on the eight months, South Africa was a little bit little bit of a disappointment by way of the Check sequence – going 1-0 up there and never with the ability to do the job, particularly with the World Check Championship (WTC) cycle.”
After registering a formidable 113-run win in Centurion, India misplaced the second Check in Johannesburg by seven wickets and went down in Cape City by the identical margin.
“Our white-ball cricket has been fairly good” – Rahul Dravid
Shifting focus to the opposite codecs of the sport, the top coach stated that Group India have carried out quite effectively in ODIs and T20Is. He stated:
“Our white-ball cricket has been fairly good. We have been capable of come again from there (South Africa) and get on a little bit of a roll within the T20 video games. Even right here (ongoing T20Is towards South Africa), with a squad that doesn’t have lots of our predominant gamers, we’ve been capable of struggle again brilliantly. It reveals lots of character within the workforce, the type of high quality and depth that we’ve.”
Earlier than the IPL, India beat West Indies at residence in a limited-overs sequence. In addition they bought the higher of Sri Lanka in three T20Is and two Checks. They’re at present because of face South Africa within the final T20I of a five-match sequence in Bengaluru, with the sequence tied at 2-2.
Requested how excited he was to see younger Indian abilities coming by means of in IPL 2022, Dravid stated:
“It was implausible and unimaginable to see the type of expertise that we’ve, particularly within the quick bowling aspect of issues, simply to see the velocity a few of our bowlers have been clocking. Younger boys coming by means of. With two new groups on show this yr, much more children bought an opportunity to indicate their expertise quite than sitting on the bench. And lots of them got here good. Good indicators for Indian cricket.”
Younger quick bowlers Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh, who impressed through the IPL, have been picked within the squad for the continuing sequence towards South Africa. They’ve been retained for the 2 T20Is towards Eire as effectively.