Former India international with over 13,228 Test runs and current India A and India Under-19 coach Rahul Dravid has suggested that the Indian test batting line-up needs more consistent work and game time to develop their skill-set. He believes a more robust schedule should be implemented to make the team better equipped to all formats of cricket rather than just the short-format training.
The Virat Kohli -led Indian team is currently hosting West Indies for a two-match test series, where the likes of Prithvi Shaw, Chiteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant and skipper Kohli displayed commendable performance for the team. However, Dravid feels the team needs opportunities every year in order to develop, after suffering a thumping loss against England, earlier this season.
“It’s the amount of white-ball cricket and, therefore, the hours of short-format training that make the Indians so good in one-day international and Twenty20 International cricket. Not to forget the bench strength, which is quite well rounded,” Said Dravid, speaking to the Week a quoted by ICC.
“Work constantly needs to happen. It is not a one-time thing or a two-year thing,” said Dravid when asked about India’s batting form. “I think it is important to tighten the process or programme that exists at U-19 and A team levels. Make it more robust. Make sure there are opportunities every year,” he added.
Dravid also called for the or the inclusion of proper first-class games prior to any big away series, “I think that needs to change. I benefited hugely from having proper first-class games. Maybe schedules have changed and things are more complicated, but there is no doubt that a couple of first-class games before any Test tour is only going to help,” he said, speaking to The Week.
He also questinoed the concept of having all the members of the squad playing in a practice game, rather than having a proper first class 11 on 11 matches.
The Indian cricket team played a similar 14 in all the 14 matches against Essex in England and the lack of practice games were met with negative scrutiny after suffering a 1-4 loss.