IND vs SA 3rd ODI: In the third and final match against South Africa, India lost by 4 runs. This has led to widespread criticism of TeamIndia’s performance in the ODIs.
Rahul Dravid: South Africa won the match at the Newlands venue in Cape Town. In the final third ODI, South Africa beat India by 4 runs to sweep the series 0-3. Batting first, South Africa were all out for 287 in 49.5 overs. The Indian team then went on to score 283 in 49.2 overs. Teamindia’s start did not look good as they were cracking that target. After the fall of the first wicket, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan put the team in a strong position with half-centuries. At the same time, South Africa seemed to be close to the target of 288 runs. But, the Indian team collapsed to 283 in 49.2 overs. Speaking after the match, team coach Rahul Dravid made key remarks on India’s defeat.
Speaking at a press conference, Rahul Dravid said, “This series has opened our eyes. This is my first series with the ODI team. After a long time we played ODIs. The World Cup is far away. We have time. We will definitely improve over time. ”
“We certainly did not do well in batting in the middle overs. We understand the template. Some of those who could bat in the middle were not available for selection. The midfielder will have batting problems if they get back into the team. Deepak Chahar has already shown that he has good abilities with the bat. We are looking to give him more opportunities. Shardul Thakur also impressed with the bat. We want to give him more opportunities, ”said Rahul Dravid.
Rahul Dravid said, “We have not changed the batting order much. Our idea behind this is to provide security for them. They make huge performances when the opportunity arises. KL Rahul impressed as captain. He continues to learn. I hope to ride more in the future. ”
“I don’t just give up spinners. We need to increase our wicket-taking ability in the middle overs. We will discuss how to improve in this area, ”he said in the middle overs.
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