The recently concluded tour of South Africa has raised more questions than it has answered as Team India after a win in the first game of the tour Boxing Day Test went on to lose all the remaining 5 matches in the rainbow nation (2 Tests and 3 ODIs). What was touted to be India’s best chance of winning in South Africa ended up being one of the poorest overseas tours for the Men in Blue.
The new head coach Rahul Dravid has a lot of things to ponder upon and some tough decisions to make, especially in the 50-over format as it looked like the visitors didn’t turn up for the series. With more than 20 months to go for the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup. The team management has time on its hands but a change in approach and a tweak in personnel is the need of the hour.
After the 3-0 thrashing and losing the final game by just 4 runs in the final over, India head coach Rahul Dravid didn’t mince his words and reckoned that the middle-over batting template has to change. Dravid said that India missed the all-round options at No. 6 and 7 that provide them the balance and hoped for the team to play in a different style when they return.
Speaking in the post-match press conference Dravid said, “We certainly could do better in the middle overs. We understand the template, and a large part of that template is dependent on the balance of your squad. Some of the guys who really help us balance out the squad and give us those all-round options at No. 6, 7 and 8 were not available for the selection. Hopefully, when they come back, it will give us a little more depth, which will allow us to play in a slightly different style.
“Having said that, even South Africa who batted first on two occasions scored 290  and 280 . If I think back to the 30th over [of the second innings] in both these games, we should have actually chased them down. We didn’t because we played some poor shots and we didn’t play smart cricket at critical situations,” he further added.