Rajeev Shukla, who is set to become the vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has expressed his disappointment with the horrific batting display put on by the Indian team in Adelaide. However, he has also denied all the rumours of former India legend, Rahul Dravid being flown to Australia.
India was dismissed for the score of 36 – their lowest ever total in Test cricket – on Day 3 of the pink ball Test by the Aussie pacers. Following which the news of Rahul Dravid being prepared to fly to Australia surfaced on the internet. Dravid is the current head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.
However, Rajeev Shukla has dismissed all such rumours. He pointed out that India batted well in the first innings to take a 53 run lead, but couldn’t withstand the wrath of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood in the second innings. He says that batting collapses in cricket happen sometimes, and the team is capable to overcome it ahead of the second Test.
“Nobody will be flown to Australia, our performance in the first innings against the hosts was good, we even took the lead but in the second innings we collapsed, it happens sometimes, after that all the corrective measures have been taken and I think our players are capable of improving the performance,” Rajeev Shukla told ANI.
BCCI President Secretary are in touch with the team: Rajeev Shukla
Shukla revealed that proper measures are being taken to ensure that the kind of batting show in Adelaide doesn’t repeat as BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly and Secretary, Jay Shah are in touch with the team.
He said that the duo is working on plans to improve the performance of the players. Shukla remains optimistic that the Indian team will bounce back well in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.
“We are not happy, it was not a good score and we are really concerned. The BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah are concerned about it and both are working on some plans through which the performance can be improved. They will obviously be in touch with team management. I am quite optimistic and hopeful that in the next Test match we will definitely do better,” Rajeev Shukla added.