Rahul Dravid, the team’s head coach, is pleased with how the Indian spin-bowling all-rounders division is developing, noting that “our stocks are fairly excellent at the moment.”
Ravindra Jadeja’s potential entry into the fray, which would place India in a positive light with regard to the spin all-department, rounder’s was also mentioned by Dravid.
After India’s 16-run loss to Sri Lanka in the second T20I on Thursday, Dravid observed at the post-match press conference, “I think in our spin bowling all-slot rounder’s our stocks are very excellent at the moment.”
“We are satisfied with it,” he continued. “Shahbaz (Ahmed) was also on the team, and considering Washington (Sundar) is there and then Jadeja as well.
The coach stated that it had offered him quite a few alternatives in that area because Axar Patel played his role to perfection on Thursday, taking two wickets in a cost-effective session and also smashing a blazing 65 off just 31 deliveries.
“I believe that in T20 cricket, whenever he has had the opportunity, he has done really well, so, that’s really a good sign for us. People like him, people like Washi not getting a game, he’s batting really well, and obviously Jadeja coming back (soon) as well gives us nice little (options) in that spin-bowling all-rounder area,” said the coach.
Axar’s batting was praised by Dravid as well, with the all-rounder dealing more sixes than fours. Axar kept India in the game till he came to bat by smashing six maximums, three boundaries, and scoring at a strike rate of over 210.
“He is definitely doing a great job, and his batting is improving greatly. We were always aware of his skill with the ball; all that was left to do was work on his hitting. He is putting a lot of effort into it. Sincerely, we had known about him for more than a year (ago).
Axar hasn’t let us down in Test cricket, ODIs, or wherever it has been, according to Dravid. “It’s (batting) an area of his game that we have identified, we know that it’s important for us to have that, and whatever opportunities Axar has had, especially with Jadeja missing quite a lot of cricket, he hasn’t let us down.”
In order to force a decisive game at Rajkot on Saturday, Sri Lanka limited Hardik Pandya’s team to 190 runs after setting India a target of 207 to win the second T20I here on Thursday.
Shivam Mavi’s performance as the perfect counterbalance to captain Hardik Pandya’s fast-bowling all-rounder, according to Dravid, “brought a grin” to his face.
A quick-fire 26 from the young pace bowler at the finish gave the coach hope that he could be used as a pinch-hitter in the last overs.
We largely rely on Hardik as a fast-bowling all-rounder, so we’re looking for other people to step up and maybe fill in for him. Additionally, it was pleasant to see Mavi bat today (Thursday), which makes you feel happy. You can see how one of you fast bowlers could bat like that, I mean.