We have to keep our feet on the ground and be a bit realistic – Rahul Dravid after India’s series win
The newly appointed Indian Head Coach Rahul Dravid praises India’s 3-0 victory over New Zealand in the T20I series but he also advises them to stay humble and keep their feet on the ground as he is looking for a bigger picture.
The newly appointed Indian Head Coach Rahul Dravid praises India’s 3-0 victory over New Zealand in the T20I series but he is not taking too much from the result as the Black Caps are playing the series three days after losing the final of the T20 World Cup.
He also advises the players to stay humble and keep their feet on the ground as he is looking at the bigger picture. Some major players from both teams were given rest as part of the workload management.
“It was a really good series win. Everyone played really well right through the series. It feels good, nice to start well. We are also quite realistic.
“We have to keep our feet on the ground and be a bit realistic about this win,”Dravid said at the post-match presentation here.
The series clean-sweep was also Rahul Dravid’s first assignment as an Indian Head Coach. The Kiwis reached Jaipur in less than a day after losing the final of the T20 World Cup against Australia.
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“Not easy for NZ to play a World Cup final and then to turn up three days later and play three games in six days, was never going to be easy for them. It was nice from our perspective but we have to learn from this series and move forward.
“It’s a long journey ahead over the next two years and we’ll have our share of ups and downs.”
India also gave debut caps to their best IPL performers including the likes of Venkatesh Iyer (Kolkata Knight Riders) and Harshal Patel (Royal Challengers Bangalore) in the series.
“It’s been really good to see some of the young guys come through. We have given opportunities to some of the boys who haven’t played a lot of cricket over the last few months.
“We have seen some of the skills available to us and we have to keep building on those skills as we go forward. It’s going to be a long season between now and the next World Cup being realistic with how much cricket some of our experienced players will play,”Dravid signed off.