"When I Look Back On The 8 Months, South Africa Was A Bit Of A Disappointment" - Rahul Dravid

Updated - 20 Jun 2022, 05:09 PM

Rahul Dravid PC- BCCI
Rahul Dravid PC- BCCI

Team India head coach Rahul Dravid looked back on his journey so far with the Indian team and felt most disappointed about the 1-2 Test series loss against South Africa away from home.

India won the first Test by a comfortable margin and was expected to sweep the series comfortably. However, the Proteas fought back in the next two matches and ended up bagging the series by a 2-1 margin.

When I look back on the eight months, South Africa was a little bit of a disappointment in terms of the Test series – going 1-0 up there and not being able to do the job, especially with the World Test Championship (WTC) cycle.

Dean Elgar raises his bat after completing his half-century, South Africa vs India, 2nd Test, Johannesburg, 4th day, January 6, 2022 © AFP/Getty Images
Dean Elgar raises his bat after completing his half-century, South Africa vs India, 2nd Test, Johannesburg, 4th day, January 6, 2022, © AFP/Getty Images

Our white-ball cricket has been pretty good. We were able to come back from there (South Africa) and get on a bit of a roll in the T20 games. Even here (ongoing T20Is against South Africa), with a squad that doesn’t have a lot of our main players, we’ve been able to fight back brilliantly. It shows a lot of character in the team, the kind of quality and depth that we have,” Dravid said in an interview uploaded on BCCI.tv.

“It was fantastic and incredible to see the kind of talent that we have” – Rahul Dravid

Dravid shed light on the positives to take from his stint, stating that the emergence of new and exciting players makes up for most of the losses they have faced.

It was fantastic and incredible to see the kind of talent that we have, especially in the fast bowling side of things, just to see the speed some of our bowlers were clocking. Young boys coming through.”

India VS South Africa (Image Credits: Twitter)
India VS South Africa (Image Credits: Twitter)

With two new teams on display this year, a lot more youngsters got a chance to show their skills rather than sitting on the bench. And a lot of them came good. Good signs for Indian cricket,” he also added.

Managing the workload of the senior players allows the youngsters to get an opportunity in the Indian team and make an impression on the selectors for future matches.

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