Team India head coach Rahul Dravid stated that losing points over slow over-rate might come back to bite them in the final stages of the World Test Championship (WTC) cycle.
India was docked one point from their tally after being short of one over in the first Test against South Africa. This is the third point they have lost because of the slow over-rate and they need to get better, says Dravid.
“ICC is trying to speed up the game, but it does feel harsh as a coach. They’ve tried other things in the past that didn’t work, so they are trying this route which I am fine with. It’s an area we need to get better at. But difficult to pinpoint how many minutes we lose,” Dravid mentioned.
“We understand it, trying to get better overseas” – Rahul Dravid
The rules have been put in place to get the required overs for the day bowled by a team. Dravid insisted that the team will try to get better at it in overseas matches where the pacers will be doing most of the work as opposed to home conditions where the spinners can rotate faster.
“The rules are the same for everyone, but disappointing to lose out on hard-earned overseas points. We understand it, trying to get better overseas. It’ll be disappointing if we miss out (on the final) because of that,” Dravid added.
Although the rules in place are the right way to move forward, the ICC needs to be more consistent as New Zealand managed to get away with a fine after being a considerable amount of overs short during their Test series against Virat Kohli and co. last month.