Legendary Indian batsman Rahul Dravid on Thursday said that a settled middle order can ensure Indian Test team’s success abroad. He is amazed by India team’s hunger for victory. The current Indian team under the captaincy of Virat Kohli has done a great job. They have played six series under Kohli and won four. Among those six series India have won two in Sri Lanka and West Indies respectively and at home they beat South Africa and New Zealand while in the ongoing series at home against England, India have been leading with a 2-0 margin. Virat’s captaincy debut took place in Dhaka against Bangladesh in a rain marred game 2015.
“I am very impressed with the batting talent we have and they are growing, developing as a team, they still are figuring their way out. I hope by the time India tour abroad, we will have a settled batting line-up, a sort of confident and successful middle order in place,” Dravid said at an event.
“If you have a set middle order and the guys know and are secured in their position, I think it will give us the best chances to succeed. The potential is there to succeed in all conditions,” said the former captain. (Ranji Trophy 2016/2017: Mohammed Azharuddeen leads Kerala to their first victory of this season)
Dravid was talking about Indian cricket in a conversation with Link MD John McMurtie at the ‘Link Lecture Series’. He believes current Indian team has had the caliber to win Test in overseas conditions.
“The (current) guys (players), the way they are performing, I think it’s a very good talent. It’s nice thing that they have a lot of these home Test matches over the next few months,” said Dravid. (India vs England: Selectors retain Parthiv Patel for the fourth Test)
Dravid praised Chetehswar Pujara for his tremendous form at No. 3. Talking about him Dravid said, “(Cheteshwar) Pujara has been exceptional at number 3 after I have left. He has batted beautifully, he has played well in this series (against England). He is a terrific Test player. I hope we are going to see his best years ahead. Ajinkya Rahane has been exceptional as well. Virat (Kohli) is absolutely sensational.”
He also talked about his generation which was full of match-winners, Dravid said, “It was great of my generation, the sort of five players who were settled and established. There was Virender Sehwag, myself, Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav, and Laxman. We were a settled line up, Gambhir for a period of time as well.”
When he was asked about Supreme Court appointed Lodha Committee, Dravid said, “It’s a matter that’s pending in the Supreme Court, it’s up to the BCCI to figure out how it works. At the end of the day, respect the decision whatever the Supreme Court decides.
“I guess the Board will have to work and see, how and what of it can be implemented and how quickly it can be implemented and what can be done. Again it’s something best left to the Board and people who are in the administration to figure out of a way.”