Ahead of team India’s departure to Sri Lanka for the limited-overs series, head coach Rahul Dravid attended a press conference with the stand-in skipper Shikhar Dhawan. The coach spoke about the main objective of the tour and how they will fit players into the various roles, which will give a clear view for the two selectors who will travel with them to the island nation.
“There are lot of people in the squad who are pushing for places or looking to cement their places in the T20 World Cup. But the key goal for everyone in the squad is to try and win the series. That’s the primary objective. Hopefully people can get the opportunity to put in good performances in the course of winning the series, and knock doors of selectors,” he said when asked about the objective of the series.
Rahul Dravid is currently the head coach of India A and under-19 teams and for this short series, he was roped in the absence of Ravi Shastri, who is currently with the primary squad in England. Dravid was asked to comment on the future of India A tours and he replied that it is a big challenge.
“It’s a difficult situation for every country. It’s a big challenge. Priority has been international cricket and IPL, so hopefully next few months we can put in a programme. We had one scheduled for England but unfortunately things got worse, and India is in the red list. It’s hard to put a date in these uncertain times. Only when things improve can these kind of conversations be had with other boards,” he said.
‘Unrealistic to expect everyone to get an opportunity’
Everyone knows the way of coaching of Rahul Dravid and how many opportunities he gives to players on the India A tours. However, it will not be the same case here as everyone won’t get an opportunity to play in this limited-overs series.
“It’s slightly different. When you’re at the developmental level, the goal is different from this. we have a really good squad here, 20 players. Will be unrealistic to expect everyone to get an opportunity in this short series.”
“We’ll come up with what we think is the best combination to win the series. And then see along the way, there are plenty of youngsters, even if they don’t play, it’s a great opportunity for them to learn from seniors like Shikhar. It’s very different worlds – Under19 and A team and this,” he concluded.