Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid (Image Credit: Twitter)

Indian head coach Rahul Dravid has reckoned that New Zealand are no anymore the underdogs in any tournaments and was aware of the threat they possess in any tournament. Therefore, Rahul Dravid’s first assignment as the new Indian head coach will start with the upcoming series against New Zealand.

New Zealand has been playing some outstanding cricket in the last six years, having reached three ICC finals, and they are currently the World Test Championship holders as well. They came very close to winning their first limited-overs ICC title but then fell short against Australia in the finals of the T20 World cup 2021.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid (Image Credit: Twitter)

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“It Has Become Fashionable To Call Them Underdogs” – Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid stated that New Zealand’s performance in the last few ICC tournament is outstanding and felt that the underdog name to them should be changed. He added that despite the outside feeling of New Zealand being an underdog, the opponents will definitely be aware of the big threat of New Zealand.

“New Zealand is a very good side; make no mistake about it. Their performance over the last few years has been exceptional. I think it has become fashionable to call them underdogs in every tournament, but honestly, I think the narrative has changed.

“They enter the tournament, from an outside point, they would be the underdog, but I am sure internally teams which compete against them, know they are going to be a top contender in any tournament they play in,” Rahul Dravid said in the press conference.

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Rahul Dravid Sees The Opportunity To Get Better For Indian Team

Rahul Dravid noted that New Zealand has always prepared well for any series, and he sees this as a chance for the Indian side to improve on their shortcomings by playing a tough, competent side.

“New Zealand is well-led, and they are well prepared. They have beaten India in recent tournaments. This is a fact. But here lies a good opportunity for us to keep getting better, and hopefully, we get an opportunity against them in a big tournament, we put one over them,” he added.

Rohit Sharma, Rahul Dravid
Rohit Sharma, Rahul Dravid. (Photo: BCCI)

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