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Dravid explains team’s decision to bowl first: 'You can't make decisions based on past history'

by  Shashi Shukla  •  Last updated on 2023-01-08 19:36:02


Lead trainer highlights that bowling toward the finish of the game was difficult in light of dew, and furthermore showers acclaim on Axar's better batting. 

Team India lead trainer Rahul Dravid has protected his side's choice to bowl first in the second T20 International Match, by bringing up that there was a ton of dew towards the finish of the game and one couldn't take such choices just based on verifiable numbers. Team Sri Lanka put on 206 runs for 6 subsequent to being placed in to bat & Team India slipped to 57 for 5 preceding in the long run going somewhere around only 16 runs.

By and large, groups batting initially have been more fruitful at the MCA Pitch in all T20 Matches, dominating 34 matches rather than 29 by the pursuing groups before Thursday. Team Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka too called attention to that in the wake of losing the match toss, saying he was in any case hoping to bat first in the match. Dravid, notwithstanding, said the pitch was great to bat on, and with the dew expected in the last part, it was anything but a terrible choice to ball first in the match. "How much dew there was at the back-end, it's simply that we lost a couple of wickets in the pursuit," he said at the public interview. "In the event that we had a couple of wickets close by, I figure we would have… we drew near as of now. In any case, there was a ton of dew.


"You can't go along with past experiences. It seemed to be a great wicket, frankly, and it remained a decent wicket directly through. It did a tad for the quick bowlers on the off chance that you contributed it to the right regions with the new ball. In any case, other than that, I thought it was a decent wicket. They played well to get to 207, we committed a few errors with the ball. What's more, despite the fact that we lost numerous wickets, we ran them truly close. "It was difficult in the back-end as you could see they couldn't bowl their spinners out in view of the ball being very wet. I sincerely think the choice was fine. In the event that we might have improved in a couple of regions in the game, we would have the right outcome."

That Team India came so near the objective notwithstanding being 57 runs for 5 wickets in the 10th over was a direct result of Axar Patel. Subsequent to getting 2 wickets for 24 from his four overs, he showed his products with the bat for the second time in 2 International games. With player Suryakumar Yadav attempting to speed up, Axar took the assault to Mahesh Theekshana & Wanindu Hasaranga. He hit 65 runs from only 31 balls which included three fours and six sixes to lead Team India trust. Utilizing the long handle, Shivam Mavi too hit 26 runs from 15 balls towards the end of the match.

While their endeavors neglected to dominate the match for Team India, they acquired the mentor's acclaim.

"I think Axar's batting is coming up in large numbers," Dravid said. "We generally knew his quality with the ball, and it was just about fostering his batting. He is really buckling down on it. He has been with the group for over a year now and it's a region of his game that we have recognized. We know that we really should have that.


"In anything potential open doors Axar has, particularly with wounds driving Ravindra Jadeja out of a ton of cricket as of late, he hasn't let us down, whether it's One Day Cricket, Test cricket, or here. That is great paperwork for us, to have individuals like him, to have individuals like Washy, Washington Sundar, who tragically isn't getting a game. He is playing all around well, he is batting all around well too. And afterward clearly, ideally Jadeja returning gives us a decent twist bowling allrounder player.

"Clearly in the quick bowling allrounder region, we depend vigorously on Hardik Pandya, and we are searching for others to move forward and perhaps finish a work for us. It was ideal to see Mavi bat today. That carries a grin to your face when you can see one of your quick bowlers having the option to bat like that. Be that as it may, I think in our twist bowling allrounder, our stocks are very great right now. Shahbaz Ahmed was additionally essential for the team squad and taking into account that Washy is there, and like I expressed Jadeja also, we are content with that."