India vs Sri Lanka: India head coach Rahul Dravid has hinted at big changes in the Indian T20 side. The coach made his comments after his team’s loss against Sri Lanka in the 2nd T20I match.
- Dravid said that the current Indian side is very different from the one that played in the T20 World Cup
- Dravid spoke about how playing under pressure can only be good for a young India team
- India are missing several members of the T20 World Cup team in this new squad captained by Hardik Pandya
PosterGuy: India head coach Rahul Dravid has hinted at big changes in the Indian T20 squad after their loss in the second T20I match against Sri Lanka. India fell to a 16-run loss on Thursday, 5 January after Dasun Shanaka’s men hit 206 runs in 20 overs. India were up against some quality seam bowling in the first half of the innings and failed to get a good start. A late assault from Suryakumar Yadav and Axar Patel got them close to the total, but India never looked like they could chase the total down, losing their best batters in the powerplay.
Dravid in the press conference said that everyone needed to be patient with the young team and hinted at things to come in the future.
“We are a young team and playing in these pressure situations, in must win games can only be good for us,” the coach said in the post match press conference.
“For us, from the last game we played in the World Cup, only three or four boys played in that team. And we are at a slightly different stage when we are looking at the next cycle of T20 cricket. So, to play a quality side like Sri Lanka is really good for us,” the coach further added.
India do not have the services of Mohammad Shami, Ravi Ashwin, Dinesh Karthik among others in the T20 team. The likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul have been rested from the current T20I series as well.
With all of these players in the wrong side of their 30s, it can be expected that sooner or later, India will choose to overhaul their T20I team, one where they have not managed to play with authority in the ICC tournament.