Rahul Dravid after T20I series loss to West Indies | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: After losing the T20I series 2-3 to the West Indies, India coach Rahul Dravid has stressed the need to strengthen the squad.

Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Mukesh Kumar constituted India’s long tail during the series. Axar Patelan all-round spinner, who batted at number seven.
In the series decider, India failed to accelerate in the death overs to settle for a lower figure of 165/9.

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“I think in terms of our team here, it probably didn’t allow us the flexibility in some ways to be able to change the combinations a little bit. But I think going forward, we need to look at some areas where we can get better.
“Finding depth in our batting has been an area that we’re trying to address. We’re trying to do our best but that’s definitely an area that we can look at, how we can’t weaken our bowling attack but make sure that we have a certain amount of depth in the batting,” Dravid said on Sunday.
Instead, West Indies had Alzarri Joseph come in at number 11 with their side packed with bowling all-rounders.
“As these matches go on, and the scores get bigger and bigger, if you look at the West Indies, they had Alzarri Joseph coming in at No.11 and he can hit a bad ball. So you have teams that have that depth.
“Obviously, we have some challenges on that front and we need to work on that. It’s definitely something that this series has shown us and we need to build on that depth,” the India coach stressed.

Tilak Varma, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Mukesh Kumar made their debuts in the T20 series and Dravid was impressed by all of them. Varma made his international debut in the series and showed that he was here to stay.
“I thought all three guys who made our debuts in this series stepped up. Yashasvi Jaiswal in the fourth match, I thought he played a really good innings. He showed us what he can do in the IPL and it was nice to see him repeat that in international cricket.
“Tilak Varma, I thought, was too good to come in the middle. He got into very difficult situations at times. But every time, he plays with a lot of intent, he plays very positively, he wants to take the game forward. He stood up brilliantly throughout the series , showed us that he can also bowl an over or two.
“So really positive signs from Tilak and having that left-hander in the middle makes a huge difference to some of the attacks we’ve played.”

Before his T20 debut, Mukesh also played his first game for India in Test and 50-over format.
“He made his debut in all formats in this series and I thought he acquitted himself very well. His ability to bowl at the death, at times he was called upon to play against some very strong batsmen and he acquitted himself well for someone who was playing only his fourth or fifth game.
“So I think there are some really good positives in the lads who have debuted for us and hopefully they take confidence from the series and continue to learn as they go.”

“We have a few players coming back from injury Asian Cup
Ahead of the Asia Cup and the World Cup at home, the emphasis is still on the ODI format.
Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahuland Shreyas Iyer is among the injured players Dravid suggested to participate in the Asia Cup.
Starting on August 18, Bumrah’s comeback series will be against Ireland.
“We have a few guys coming back from injuries anyway. We have to give them opportunities to play (in the Asia Cup). We have a week-long camp in Bengaluru from August 23 for the Asia Cup. We will take it as it comes,” he added. .
(With PTI inputs)

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