Dravid ‘not disappointed’ with young batters, says they will ‘keep improving and getting better’


Coach credits inexperienced players for “spirit” and “enthusiasm” throughout 45 days in bio-bubble

After a seven-wicket thrashing in the third T20I which ended in a series loss for a severely-depleted India XI, India coach Rahul Dravid felt that all that was needed was for the young batters to adapt to tougher pitches, also pointing to the unique set of circumstances that led to a very inexperienced batting line-up taking the field for the last two T20Is.

“This was a really young team. All of us have had our struggles playing quality bowling, whether it’s spin or pace,” Dravid said at the post-match press conference. “Early on in our careers, we’ve all had those struggles and we’ve all had to fight our way through that. None of us have been perfect when we started, whether it’s my generation or any generation for that matter. It needs experience.

“You need time, you need to blood young players with experienced players so that they have that cushion. Obviously, over the last couple of games, we didn’t have that cushion. Most of the guys who played, other than Shikhar [Dhawan], were really young. That’s not going to happen very often.”

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