Rahul Dravid: India’s Test batting is ‘work in progress’
Former India captain and legendary Rahul Dravid felt that India are a good batting side in the white-ball cricket but they are not the same when it comes to red-ball cricket.
“It’s the amount of white-ball cricket and, therefore, the hours of short-format training that make the Indians so good in one-day international and Twenty20 International cricket. Not to forget the bench strength, which is quite well rounded,” Dravid was quoted as saying by The Week.
Dravid also said that there’s no one-time thing or two-year thing in Test cricket. “Work constantly needs to happen. It is not a one-time thing or a two-year thing… I think it is important to tighten the process or programme that exists at U-19 and A team levels. Make it more robust. Make sure there are opportunities every year,” he was quoted.
Dravid though made it clear that Indians need to work on the red-ball cricket as they are on top of their skills in white-ball cricket. “There is now a path for people who do well in the Ranji Trophy. I definitely feel that in white-ball cricket we have a lot of depth, largely due to the amount of white-ball cricket that is played. In red-ball cricket, we have talent and decent backups, but again it is a work in progress,” he added.
Dravid has scored 13,288 runs in Tests and is placed fourth in the list of all-time leading run-getters.