Former India batsman Rahul Dravid has said that the failures on the Bnagladesh tour will have no negative impact on Indian batsmen. India won the series 2-0 in Bangladesh, but they were bowled out for 105 in the second ODI and managed only 119 in the third. Next up for India is a tricky tour of England, where they will encounter similar swinging conditions.
Dravid said, “In the end, it’s just two games. It’s too small a sample size to really judge from. Those two wickets weren’t exactly great, especially with the rain and all those covers there. India got out for 105 and the opposition got out for 58. It was a good experience for batsmen who have sometimes grown up on flat wickets in the subcontinent. Sometimes when you come up in conditions that are slightly more difficult and challenging, you have to readjust and recalibrate scores that you think are par for the course, which maybe India, who batted first on both occasions, didn’t do as well.”
He added, “He has earned the right to be in the Indian side having helped Karnataka win three titles last season. In Tests, if India wanted to play two spinners, maybe there might be a Sanjay Bangar kind of role for him – not at the top of the order, but maybe down the order. Sanjay played that role for us in England in 2002.”
He further said, “I think the quality and intensity of your practice matches and the quality and intensity of your practice sessions leading into the first couple of Test matches are very important. I always felt they were critical to success abroad, so I wouldn’t worry too much about this one-day series but focus on getting the first 14-20 days right in the Test series. If they do that, get onto a bit of a roll, the batsmen get some confidence, time in the middle, I think you will see them have success. I don’t think any Test wicket will be the kind we saw in Bangladesh.”
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