India’s head coach Rahul Dravid admitted that the lack of players like Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja in the team lacked balance. India suffered a 0-3 defeat in the three-match ODI series against South Africa. With this defeat, questions have been raised on the team batting and bowling in the middle overs, the captaincy of KL Rahul and the role of Venkatesh Iyer.
Asked if the Indian team needs to rethink its template in 50-over cricket, Dravid replied, “Yes, we understand the template. Obviously, a big part of the template is the balance of your team.” Depends on that too.”
Dravid said, “I think if you are a little bit honest, some of the guys who help us balance the team and give us all-rounder options at No. 6, 7 and No. 8, probably aren’t here and there is no need for selection. are not available.”
Dravid spoke candidly about the absence of Pandya trying to regain his bowling fitness and Jadeja recovering from a knee injury. “Hopefully, when they (Hardik and Jadeja) come back, it will give us a lot more depth, it probably allows us to play a little bit differently,” the coach said.
It is noteworthy that hosts South defeated India by 4 runs in the third and final ODI on the basis of wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock’s century and then brilliant bowling to clean sweep the series 3-0. Batting first, South Africa scored 287 runs. In response, the Indian team was bundled out for 283 runs.
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