Ramiz Raja Heaps Praise On Rahul Dravid For Introducing A Lot Of Debutants In The Final ODI
Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja (Photo-Twitter)

Former Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raja has delighted with the Indian management’s decision to try out new players for the final ODI when the series has already been won. The likes of Nitish Rana, Krishanppa Gowtham, Chetan Sakariya, Rahul Chahar, and Sanju Samson all made their debuts for India in the third T20 international.

It was a brave decision from team management to go in with so many debutants and they did pay the price for it by losing the third ODI to Sri Lanka. However, it has earthed a lot of talents while some players haven’t been able to utilities their opportunities to the fullest.

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Indian Debutants In Third ODI (Credits: Twitter)

Ramiz Raza Feels Not Many Teams Would Make So Many Changes

Ramiz Raja found the management’s decision to hand debuts to five players as an excellent decision and stressed the fact, not many teams in Asia have that mentality. He mentioned that several teams stick to the same side even after winning the series and are reluctant to give opportunities to youngsters and lauded Rahul Dravid for being different from it.

“5 players were handed debuts for the third ODI which is a very good thing. It was a great decision taken by the management. Though they have won the series already, there are not many teams in Asia that take the field with such a mentality.

“Several teams select their final XI in a reserved manner despite winning the series. They have a timid approach for introducing fresh talent, with a fear of losing the game. But you won’t expect such things when Rahul Dravid is around,” Ramiz Raja said on his Youtube Channel.

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Ramiz Raja[Photo Credit: (Twitter)]

“A Win Or Loss Doesn’t Bother Him Much” – Ramiz Raja

Ramiz Raja was quite appreciative about Rahul Dravid not focussing on just winning and on other aspects like testing the bench strength of the Indian team. He added that this approach will certainly bring lot more players into the fray and the future looks promising.

“The reason is – he has a completely different mindset. A win or loss doesn’t bother him much. He might have got the directive to test the bench strength, especially after capturing the series. So that, the canvas of Indian cricket gets bigger and new players could be introduced who can serve the country in future,” he added.

Shikhar Dhawan and Rahul Dravid (Photo-BCCI)
Shikhar Dhawan and Rahul Dravid (Photo-BCCI)

Rahul Dravid will serve as the Indian coach only for the tour of Sri Lanka and will return as the NCA Coach, once the Indian Test team returns home.