Team India head coach Rahul Dravid praised the players for the excellent series win but also mentioned that the team will make sure it doesn’t get carried away following the victory.
India defeated New Zealand by 73 runs in the third and final T20I to complete an excellent 3-0 whitewash of the Kiwis. It was the perfect start under the new management and Dravid was extremely pleased.
“I think it was a really good series win. Everyone played well right through the series. It’s nice to start well but we are realistic and we need to keep our feet on the ground.”
“It’s not easy for New Zealand to show up after a World Cup final and play three games in six days. We have to keep our feet on the ground and learn some things on the way forward,” Dravid said after the match.
“We need to keep developing the skills going forward” – Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid went on to mention that the youngsters getting a chance when the seniors are resting is quite important. It helps to gain experience and they can also hone their skills to deliver when the time comes.
“It’s been really good to see some of the younger guys come through. We gave opportunities to some guys who haven’t played a lot of cricket in the last few months with some more experienced guys taking a break. We’ve seen some good learnings and going forward we need to keep developing those skills going forward.“
“It’s really great to see that we’ve got options and can mix and match. It’s going to be a long season between now and the next World Cup being realistic with how much cricket some of our experienced players will play. There’s only three or four guys from here going on to Kanpur for the Tests and will need to be up at 7:30 am, so maybe the other guys will be able to have a late night and enjoy themselves,” Dravid added.
With the completion of the T20I series, the teams will now move on to the 2-match Test series set to begin on November 25.