Playing World Test Championship will be challenging for the Indian team, know why coach Rahul Dravid gave such a statement
Ahmedabad. India head coach Rahul Dravid on Monday said that playing the World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia within a week of the end of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be a big challenge for the team. Centuries from Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill helped India win the four-match Border Gavaskar series 2-1 after drawing the Ahmedabad Test. This is India’s 16th consecutive win in the home series.
It was only after the first session’s play on the last day of this match that the Indian team was sealed to reach the WTC final. India’s ticket to the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) was confirmed with New Zealand’s thrilling two-wicket win over Sri Lanka in Christchurch. Sri Lanka had to win the two match series 2–0 to keep their hopes alive.
Terming the WTC final as a ‘challenge’, Dravid said the team will have to plan better for it. He told the official broadcaster after the Test match, “We qualified for it at lunch. I refrain from saying anything before things are clear. We will celebrate it. ,
“It will be very challenging as the IPL final is just a week before the WTC final. We’ll think about it. The WTC final will be played at the Oval ground in London from June 7 to 11. IPL will end on June 1. Impressed with the team’s spirit to bounce back in this series against Australia, Dravid said, “Whenever the pressure came upon us, we responded in the right way.” It has been a pleasure coaching this team.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were jointly adjudged Man of the Series for their impressive performances with the ball and bat in the series. Ashwin took 25 wickets and contributed 86 runs with the bat while Jadeja took 22 wickets and scored 135 runs with the help of a half-century.
Ashwin credited Jadeja for his improved performance and said, “It has been a great journey together. We are not as effective without each other. He gives me a lot of freedom to be creative on the field with the ball. He should get credit for this. I thought he bowled well in the Delhi Test. That’s why we are here.” Jadeja said he enjoys chatting about cricket with Ashwin.
He said, “We always talk about the decoration of the pitch and fielding. He knows a lot about cricket and talks about cricket anywhere. He, however, expressed disappointment at failing to convert his good start into a big innings. He said, “I am not happy with my batting in this series. I have failed to convert good starts into big innings many times, especially in this match. Hopefully next series I can improve my batting and do well.