Rahul Dravid. PC- Getty
Rahul Dravid. PC- Getty

Last Update on: June 20th, 2022 at 05:34 pm

India National Cricket Team head coach Rahul Dravid has said that they are looking to finalise India’s top 18-20 players for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 as quickly as possible.

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 will be played in October-November in Australia and India will be eyeing winning the championship after a poor campaign in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, which was played in UAE.

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Notably, Virat Kohli’s India had faced back-to-back defeats in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 against Pakistan and New Zealand to eventually get knocked out of the tournament.

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

Under head coach Rahul Dravid and captain Rohit Sharma, who will be leading India for the first time in a World Cup, India will be looking forward to turn things around to win the tournament and end India’s ICC trophy drought.

You want to take only 15 to the World Cup but need to identify the top 18 to 20 players –Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid PC- BCCI
Rahul Dravid PC- BCCI

Speaking after the five-match T20I series between India and South Africa, which ended in a draw, Dravid said that a 15-member squad will be travelling to Australia but 18-20 players need to be identified.

“As you come closer and closer to the event, you want to firm up your final squad or if not, you want to have some contingencies in the kind of world we live in today. Obviously, you want to take only 15 to the World Cup but (need to identify) top 18 to 20 players,” he replied to a query about what’s the core team India have.

Dravid added that there could be some odd changes in the squad if someone gets injured. He further said that they will be looking forward to finalising the players as quickly as possible.

“Obviously, there could be odd changes due to injury and things that are beyond your control but we are going to start looking to firm up that squad as quickly as possible,” he further said.

“Whether that will happen in the next series (Ireland) or series after that (England) is hard to tell but we are certainly looking to do that as quickly as possible,” he further added.

Dravid and Co. will have to make big decisions on India’s pace battery, middle-order batting unit and the first-choice wicketkeeper-batsman amongst Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant.

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