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‘Important for Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli to enter the World Cup with right physical, mental headspace’: Rahul Dravid on resting seniors during first 2 Australia ODIs | Cricket News

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NEW DELHI: Team India head coach Rahul Dravid on Thursday said that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been rested for the first two ODIs against Australia as the team management wanted them to be mentally and physically fresh for the upcoming ODI World Cup.
India will take on Australia in a three-match ODI series, commencing with the first ODI in Mohali on Thursday. This series serves as India’s last competitive engagement before the ICC World Cup, which is set to begin on October 5 and will be hosted in India.Wicketkeeper-batter KL Rahulwill lead the team in the absence of Rohit in the first two games.However, both Rohit and Virat will return for the final one-dayer.
“It is one of the series, where you have seen that some of our boys are not playing the first two games. We will rotate our pacers a bit. It will be nice for some other guys that they are given this opportunity to play three tough games before the World Cup,” said Dravid in a pre-match press conference.
“I think with people like Rohit and Virat, from our perspective, it is important that they reach the first game of the World Cup with the physical and mental headspace they want to be in. With the amount of cricket they have played, they know how to prepare themselves for these big games. A lot of these decisions are discussed with them. We discuss with them how they would like to prepare leading upto big events. Based on these discussions, we come up with these mutual decisions,” he added.
On the return of spin-bowling all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin to the ODI set-up after a year, Dravid clarified that the spinner was always in the plans.
“Having someone of Ashwin’s experience is always good for us. He gives you experience, the ability to contribute with the bat at number eight. He is someone we taught about in case of an injury or an opportunity opened up. He was always in our plans. He has not played much ODI cricket for a while, but someone of his experience can deal with that,” said the coach.

Questioned on Suryakumar Yadav’s lean patch in ODIs, Dravid said that the team management will continue to back him.
“We back him fully, because he has got a certain quality and ability, mostly in T20I cricket. But we know how much impact he can make at number six with the bat and change the course of the game. There is total clarity that we back him. Hopefully, he will be able to turn it around and will get these games to work on his journey as an ODI cricketer,” he added.
Talking about the lack of part-time bowlers in the squad, Dravid said that it has to do with the change in rules of fielding, as with times, there are now five fielders inside the ring instead of four.
“I think it could be because of the rule change, that you go from four fielders inside the ring to five. It has changed the ability of part-time bowlers to bowl in the middle phase. A lot of these players started (former batters like Sachin, Sehwag and Ganguly who could bowl) when there used to be four fielders in the ring. During that time, we and a lot of teams could use part-time bowlers. The list of part-time bowlers has gone down in other teams too. It is also because of two new balls, and five fielders in the ring during middle overs. It has become difficult for part-time bowlers to bowl in it. More captains, and coaches are vary of the rules and will look to play genuine bowlers/all-rounders in the mix because of these rules. We are working on part-time bowlers and bowlers who can bat,” said Dravid.

The coach agreed that the team, now almost playing at its full strength with the return of players from injuries, is ticking a lot of boxes ahead of the World Cup.
“When I started (As a coach), the focus was on T20 World Cup 2022. During the first year, the main players did not play ODIs because the focus was on Tests and ODIs. In these 2-3 years, there was less ODI cricket as well. In the Asia Cup, we almost played a full-strength side. We try to play full-strength team during big matches,” he concluded.
(With ANI inputs)


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