In the final match of the World Test Championship, India suffered a huge defeat by Australia by 209 runs. India has lost in last year’s Asia Cup, followed by T20 World Cup and now WTC tournament. Captain Rohit Sharma as well as head coach Rahul Dravid and the support staff have been criticized after India’s failure in three consecutive major tournaments. According to information, the performance of the team in the next four months is going to be important for Rahul Dravid and the support staff.
India won their last ICC trophy under the leadership of MS Dhoni in 2013. After that, there has been a drought of ICC trophies in India for the last 10 years, which has fallen on the crop this time as well. In between, India played four ICC finals and failed each time. Everyone expected the team’s performance to improve under the guidance of Rahul Dravid () after taking over as the team’s head coach last year. But nothing like that is happening yet.
In this background, important information was received from a senior BCCI official. The official said, “It is not easy to raise questions on team management. It cannot be said that the coaches and support staff have not done a good job. We have won at home. Reaching the finals of the WTC is no small feat. But the team could not perform as expected abroad. The World Cup is still 4 months away. We can’t put pressure on them. But the exhibition will certainly be discussed.”
As for the overall support staff of the Indian team, head coach Rahul Dravid is accompanied by batting coach Vikram Rathod, bowling coach Paras Mhambre and fielding coach T Dilip. Most of the questions are being raised on Rathore. Because India’s top order failed completely in the WTC final. Experienced Ajinkya Rahane has returned to the team. But the short team of wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah could not fill up.
Meanwhile, the Indian team has got a month’s rest after the WTC final. The team will tour the West Indies next month. India have to play a series of two Tests, three ODIs and five T20Is against the West Indies. It is also being said that senior players like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will be rested in this tour and young players will be given a chance. (The four months before the ODI World Cup will be crucial for Rahul Dravid)
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