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The Indian national cricket team has played some brilliant cricket in the last one year. However, the visiting side Australia recently stunned them by beating in the limited-overs series. While many Indian cricket experts haven’t liked these recent results, Rahul Dravid has pointed out the positives from the series defeat.
Despite mostly playing outside India in the last one year, the Indian national cricket team performed very well. Since the previous South Africa tour in early 2018, India has gradually grown up in every format. While they won the limited-overs series in South Africa tour, India also won the T20I series during the UK tour in mid-2018. In between this, they also won the Nidahas Trophy (T20I tri-series) in Sri Lanka. In September 2018, India won the Asia Cup 2018 in UAE.
Later, India won their historic first ever Test series in Australia this January. After that, they also won the ODI series in Australia and New Zealand tours.
Recently, India played a two-match T20I series and five-match ODI series at home against Australia. After losing the T20I series by 2-0, India won the first two ODIs and took the 2-0 lead in the ODI series. However, Australia made an incredible fightback and won that ODI series too by winning all the last three ODIs.
It’s a good thing that has happened – Rahul Dravid on India’s recent series defeats
Before the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, it was the last ODI assignment for India, and they dramatically failed in that. However, the former Indian captain and the present India U19 and India A coach, Rahul Dravid has shown the positive points of these recent series defeats.
He has claimed that the World Cup win is not an easy task and these series defeats can make them properly aware before the World Cup.
Rahul Dravid told ESPNcricinfo, “I think there was a bit of notion that we are going walk there and win the World Cup easily. So it’s a good thing that has happened. What it has [the outcome against Australia] reminded us is that we have to play the World Cup very, very well.”
Rahul Dravid further added that India’s recent successes were making many people over-confident for the upcoming World Cup. Then he said that the World Cup would be competitive and the recent home-series defeats were the proper proof. However, he still believes that India will begin the World Cup as one of the favourite sides.
He added, “In a way I think it’s a good balancing factor. India has performed well in the last couple of years. There was a little bit of talk that we are almost going to walk in there and win the World Cup very easily because we are the No. 1 team and we have been dominating one-day cricket for the last couple of years.
“But I don’t find anything strange from my perspective watching the series. I still feel that we are going to be one of the favourites. But it’s going to be tough. It’s going to be competitive.”
Rahul Dravid on Indian players’ workload management during IPL 2019
Before the World Cup, the Indian players will be busy in the IPL 2019. As they have to be fit and ready for the World Cup, the workload management is going to be a crucial factor during the IPL 2019.
However, Rahul Dravid is confident that every player knows about their workload management. He believes that it is not going to be a big issue.
He said, “Most players are smart about these things. They know how to handle their body. I don’t think the players would put their body on the line. I was reading Patrick Cummins [Australia pacer] saying that he feels better bowling when he is constantly playing rather than having rested and coming back.
“So to each player, it’s different. There cannot be a blanket case that all should be rested. We have to just trust the players. They know what needs to be done.”
IPL 2019 is set to begin on 23rd March, and it will run till the middle of May. While the World Cup will start on 30th May, India will start their journey on 5th May against South Africa at Southampton.