Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said that newly appointed head coach Rahul Dravid will give his best to bring the happiness back in the Indian dressing room.
India started with a victory under Dravid’s tenure as they pipped New Zealand by five wickets in the first T20I at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
Guptill top-scored for New Zealand with his glittering 42-ball 70, laced with three fours and four sixes.
Guptill was involved in an ebullient 109-run stand with Mark Chapman before Ashwin got the breakthrough for India in the 14th over.
Ashwin tossed the ball with his flight to knock off Chapman’s stumps, and the very next ball trapped Glenn Phillips before the wicket using his trademark carrom ball.
The Tamil Nadu spinner ended his four-over spell with the figures of 2/23 at an economy rate of 5.8.
Rahul Dravid will be all about preparation and process: Ravichandran Ashwin
Ashwin said Dravid won’t leave much chance to plan and prepare to bring back the Indian team as one of the formidable sides after they bowed out of the group stage in the recently concluded T20 World Cup.
“It’s too early for me to comment on Rahul Dravid’s coaching style, but he’s put the hard yards in through the U-19 level etc. He won’t leave much to chance, and he’ll be all about preparation and process, so that we can bring the happiness back into the Indian dressing room,” Ravichandran Ashwin said in the post-match presentation ceremony.
You can’t miss your lengths in T20s: Ravichandran Ashwin
Talking about his bowling performance in the match, the senior bowler said one cannot miss their lengths in T20 cricket.
“The slower you bowled, there was more purchase you got on this pitch. If you hit the seam and tossed it up, it did do things like Santner showed in the second innings. It’s tricky in T20s, you can’t miss your lengths and you don’t know when to toss it up but here it did help to give it some air,” Ashwin said.
Suryakumar Yadav (62) and Rohit Sharma (48) helped India to chase the score of 165 in the final over.
India play the second T20I against New Zealand on November 19 at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.