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“We Don’t Expect Everyone To Play..”- Rahul Dravid

Former Indian Skipper and current Head Coach Rahul Dravid knows that the conditions in South Africa are going to be challenging. The Indian Team is yet to win a Test series in South Africa and the Men In Blue will once again try to break the jinx in the upcoming two Tests which will be played at the Centurion and Newlands respectively. Rahul Dravid explained how the seam movement and the bounce in these grounds will ensure each batter follows a specific game plan.

Rahul Dravid was quoted as saying to Star Sports, “So, it is a challenging place to bat; the statistics will tell you that. It is one of the more difficult places to bat in, especially up here in Centurion and Johannesburg. The wickets do tend to do a bit, and they tend to get up and down as well. Every one of the batsmen will have a game plan as to how they want to go, as long as they are clear about it and they commit to it and are practicing towards that, that’s fine.”

‘We Don’t Expect Everyone To Play In The Same Way’, Says Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid feels the temperament of each batter in South Africa will be different and it will depend on how an individual tries to make things comfortable for himself. However, the Indian Head Coach is hopeful that once some batters get off to a good start, they can convert it into a meaningful contribution.

On this, he added, “We don’t expect everyone to play in the same way. We want them to be very clear about what works for them, and then be able to execute that. The boys, once they get out there, a lot of it is mental, and I guess, you know, we try and stress on the fact that if we do get going if we get the opportunity to get set, they try to make it a match-winning contribution.”

India will have their big guns back for the Test series after being given a break for the three T20Is and three ODIs. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, and Mohammed Shami, all will return to the Indian squad for the test series as the new WTC cycle is already on a roll and India will be aiming to qualify for the WTC Finals for a third straight time. Rohit Sharma will be leading the side and will be returning to red-ball cricket after a good six months.

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