Head Coach Rahul Dravid Defends Indian Batting Performance in World Cup Final
The Indian cricket team’s star-studded batting lineup faced a setback in the World Cup final, but head coach Rahul Dravid has come out in support of his players. He stated that the team was not defensive and that the game circumstances dictated their approach. India managed to score a below-par total of 240 against Australia, who chased down the target in 43 overs to secure their sixth World Cup title.
After losing three wickets for 81 runs, Virat Kohli and K L Rahul took a cautious approach in the middle overs, hitting only two boundaries. A reporter questioned the team’s approach, citing previous instances where India had struggled in big matches. However, Dravid defended his team, stating that they did not play with fear in this tournament.
Dravid pointed out that the team had to change their strategy and tactics when they lost wickets. He mentioned the match against England, where they played differently after losing. The coach emphasized the importance of building partnerships and consolidating when wickets fall. He acknowledged that Australia bowled well in the middle overs, which made it challenging for India to accelerate.
India, who last won an ICC trophy in 2013, has not been able to secure a title under the leadership of Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid. When asked about his future, Dravid remained non-committal, stating that he has not given any thought to the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Dravid praised skipper Rohit Sharma for his exceptional leadership and commitment to planning throughout the competition. He expressed disappointment but also acknowledged the joy the team has brought in the past few months. Dravid concluded by stating that although the team is disappointed, they will move on as sportsmen.
The Indian team had a successful run in the tournament until they were defeated by an all-round Australia, who excel on the big stage. The loss in the final was a setback, but Dravid remains supportive of his players and optimistic about the future.
(Note: This article is based on PTI inputs)