The Indian staff, beneath Dravid’s tutelage, has misplaced its closing 3 in a foreign country Test fits — two in South Africa and one in Birmingham. It didn’t shield a whopping 378-run goal in the just-concluded recreation in opposition to England.
India scored 266 in their 2nd innings in Johannesburg, 198 in Cape Town and 245 in Birmingham, which has been successfully 3rd innings of a Test fit.
In a lot of these 3 video games, India didn’t shield goals like 240, 212 and now 378.
Asked how he plans to analyse, the Indian trainer gave a glimpse of his funny aspect.
“There is so much of cricket that we aren’t having any time to reflect. In two days, we will be talking to you about something entirely different,” Dravid stated, relating to the T20 International sequence beginning in not up to 48 hours.
“…But we will certainly try and reflect on this performance. Every match is a lesson for us and you tend to learn something. We have to reflect why we aren’t able to bat well in the third innings of a Test match and why we aren’t able to take 10 wickets in the fourth innings,” he stated on a major be aware.
India play their closing six video games of the present World Test Championship cycle in the sub-continent and Dravid plans to sit down with Chetan Sharma (chairman of selectors these days in England) to analyse the shortcomings.
“Now the next six Test matches are in sub-continent (2 in Bangladesh and 4 in India), and our focus will be on those remaining games but obviously, coaches and selectors would sit down and analyse this defeat.
“That review occurs after each recreation and so after we subsequent shuttle to SENA land, we are neatly supplied to maintain it,” he said.
Variety of reasons for losing sustained intensity
The current team has been losing steam during the third and fourth innings of a match and it could be because of a variety of factors, including bowlers’ fitness over a passage of time.
“It is one thing that we wish to take a look at and paintings on. We had been excellent in previous few years having the ability to take the ones wickets however yeah we have not been in a position to do it over previous few months,’ he admitted frankly,” said Dravid.
He then listed out the factors roughly.
“Could be a wide range of components — could also be we wish to handle that depth and could also be we wish to handle that degree of health, handle that degree of efficiency all over a Test fit.”
The batting is a cause of concern, he said time and again.
“Also in a lot of these Test fits, the batting has additionally now not been as much as the scratch in the 3rd innings as neatly. So each in SA and right here, we now have began neatly however have not been in a position to complete neatly. Certainly, we wish to recuperate at that and enhance,” he added.
The conditions didn’t warrant a second spinner
Ravichandran Ashwin’s absence has been debated but Dravid defended the team’s strategy.
“It’s now not simple to go away somebody like Ash out in a Test fit but if we appeared on the wicket on first day, it had a horny even protecting of grass, and we felt that there used to be sufficient in it for the short bowlers,” Dravid explained the team’s position.
“Also, in the event you see, wicket hasn’t spun a lot both for Jack Leach or Ravi Jadeja, who bowled during the fit. Weather additionally performed a component as for first 3 days, there wasn’t lengthy levels of sunshine. Probably, it did not spin up to we anticipated it to.”
Dravid said that everything looks different in hindsight but reality is a bit different.
“It in reality would have appeared great to have 2nd spinner however it did not flip sufficient to justify inclusion,” he added.
Don’t know about ‘BazBall’ but England have been exceptional
Dravid smiled when asked about ‘Bazball’, the popular lingo about Brendon McCullum’s positive influence on England’s Test batting over the past month.
“I have no idea what it’s. The cricket they performed for 4 Tests, chasing like this in fourth innings does not occur continuously in this nation however the logo of cricket you play will depend on avid gamers and their shape. You can play sure (cricket) if in case you have shape avid gamers,” Dravid said.
No excuses that this is one-off Test
When the series was halted at 2-1 last year due to COVID outbreak in the Indian camp, Dravid was still the head of NCA and by the time it ended, he was the head coach.
Did a one-off Test become an impediment and preparations were hampered.
“Look, I do not need to make excuses. I wasn’t a component of the staff again then (in 2021). India used to be on a roll again then and England used to be more than likely in a relatively other state of affairs when the sequence used to be on.
“They had now come here on back of three consecutive wins against NZ and we have had a long gap in between Test cricket and that’s why Test cricket is hard. So no excuses, you got to put in performances through five days and they did that and we didn’t so they deserve to win the Test match,” he concluded.