Rahul Dravid Reveals Time-Frame For Zeroing In On India’s T20 World Cup Core Group

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Indian cricket team head coach Rahul Dravid doesn’t want to impose a timeline, but by the end of England’s T20Is, he wants to have a good idea of ​​the 18 to 20 players he’s looking forward to for the T20 World Cup in Australia. India and England will clash in six white-ball games (July 7-17) after the one-off Test. “As you get closer to the event, you want to strengthen your final roster or if not, then of course you want to have some contingencies in the kind of world we live in today. Of course you only want to bring 15 to the World Cup but (have to identify ) top 18 to 20 players,” he replied to a question about where he stands on his core team.

“Obviously there can be some strange changes due to injuries and things you can’t control, but we’re going to try to strengthen that squad as soon as possible.

“Whether that will happen in the next series (Ireland) or after (England) is hard to say, but we definitely want to do that as soon as possible,” he revealed.

If there are two people who didn’t do themselves a favor to get into the T20 World Cup squad, it’s Ruturaj Gaikwad (96 runs in 5 games) and Shreyas Iyer (94 runs in 5 games). Gaikwad looks totally out of place in international cricket and Iyer’s struggle against quality bowling is now well documented.

However, the head coach chose to be a little more empathetic towards the duo.

“We’re not just going to make hasty reactions to people. I don’t like judging people after one series or one game,” Dravid said.

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“Shreyas showed a lot of intention on a few difficult wickets, played really positive for us. Ruturaj showed what he has in one inning. We are not disappointed with anyone,” Dravid showed again the tenacious defense of his playing days.

“As a group we wanted to play a certain brand of cricket and we tried to play a slightly more positive and attacking brand of cricket from the start and we knew that when you try it won’t always work. But we are definitely clear about the kind of cricket that we want to play,” he said.

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