Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar
Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar. Credits: IPL

India head coach Rahul Dravid has said “it is nice to have” bowling all-rounders like Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur in the team.

Shardul Thakur, who played the first two games of the ODI series against South Africa contributed 50* & 40* runs with the bat and bagged 1 wicket. Also, Deepak Chahar, who replaced Shardul in the last game, managed to pick 2 wickets and smash 54 runs off 34 balls, while chasing the target.

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IND vs SA: It Is Nice To Have People like Deepak Chahar And Shardul Thakur, Who Contribute With The Bat – Rahul Dravid

India head coach was highly impressed with the performance of Deepak in the 3rd ODI and he lauded the bowling all-rounder in the post-match interaction with media.

I mean Deepak Chahar has shown in the opportunities he has gotten with us in Sri Lanka and over here well, he has got some really good ability with the bat. We know what he can do with the ball as well. I have seen him at India A as well and I know he can bat really well so certainly gives us a lot more options,” Dravid said during a post-match interaction with the media.

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He added that the team management would like to give more chances to players like Deepak and Shardul, who can add more depth to the batting.

“It is nice to have people like him and Shardul Thakur as well, who we have seen in the last couple of games, contribute with the bat as well. So, obviously, the more and more players like this who can contribute lower down, certainly makes a big difference and give us more options. So, certainly we would like to give Deepak more games along with Shardul and lot of other people who can step up in the course of next year or so and give us depth in the side,” he added.

ODI Series Has Been A Good Eye-opener For Us – Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid
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Dravid termed India 0-3 One Day International series defeat against South Africa as an eye-opener for the team.

“I think this ODI series has been a good eye-opener for us. We have not played a lot of ODIs, this has been my first stint with the ODI side. Even the team itself has not played many ODIs after the 2019 World Cup. Luckily, we have got time to go before the 2023 World Cup. It is going to be a lot of cricket in white-ball format till 2023,” Dravid explained.

Dravid was also confident that the Indian team will get better with time.

“It is going to be a good opportunity for us to really reflect and learn and keep getting better. We will get better, there is no doubt that. We certainly good do better with the batting in middle overs, we understand the template and we know a large part of that template is also dependent on the balance of your squad,” he added.

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