Rahul Dravid, the current coach of Team India, has acknowledged that Hardik Pandya is the team’s primary fast-bowling all-rounder. He further stated that the thought team is searching for additional pacers who could really assist with the bat.
At a news conference following India’s 16-run defeat to Sri Lanka in the second Twenty20 International on Thursday in Pune, Rahul Dravid expressed his opinions (January 5). India struggled with the ball when bowling first after winning the toss and gave up 206-6 in 20 overs. In reply, the hosts were limited to 190-8.
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Axar Patel (65), Suryakumar Yadav (51), and Shivam Mavi (26) worked together to put on a fight, although it was a losing effort as Team India lost five wickets for 57 runs.
We Rely Heavily On Hardik Pandya: Rahul Dravid
After the match, Rahul Dravid emphasized the need for other bowling all-rounders in addition to Hardik. He stated:
“In the fast-bowling all-rounder area, we rely heavily on Hardik. We are looking around for other people to step up and maybe do a job for us. It was nice to see Mavi bat today. It brings a smile to your face when you can see one of your fast bowlers being able to bat like that.”
Axar and Yadav combined 91 runs for the sixth wicket to help India recover after losing five wickets. In response to a question on Axar’s notable batting progress, Rahul Dravid praised the all-around player. The former Indian skipper said:
“He’s certainly doing a very good job, and his batting is coming on in leaps and bounds. We always knew his quality with the ball; it was all about developing his batting. He’s working really hard on it. In whatever opportunities Axar has got, especially with (Ravindra) Jadeja missing quite a lot of cricket just recently, he hasn’t let us down. Really good sign for us to have people like him.”
Before scoring a 31-ball 65 in the second T20I, Axar also scored a useful 31* in the series’ first match in Mumbai.
In the second innings of the Mirpur Test, he had already made a significant 34-contribution.
Rahul Tripathi Has Earner It: Rahul Dravid
Rahul Tripathi made his long-awaited breakthrough on the international stage during the second T20I. He was given out for five at his home stadium, although he did make a spectacular catch on the field.
Rahul Dravid commended Tripathi for his commitment and said:
“Felt really good for Rahul. He is not very young as a player. Inexperienced may be for India, but he is 30-year-old, has played a lot of cricket and worked very hard in domestic cricket. He has come here through sheer performances. He’s earned it.”
Sanju Samson missed the T20I series on Thursday due to a knee ailment, therefore Tripathi received his first cap.