ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 – Ind vs Aus – Rahul Dravid: ‘We’ve not performed any fearful cricket on this remaining’

India fell “30-40 runs quick” of a superb complete within the remaining, however it wasn’t due to a fearful strategy within the center overs – that is the road Rahul Dravid took within the wake of his group’s defeat to Australia within the 2023 World Cup title bout in Ahmedabad.

“I will not agree that we performed with worry. We had 80 runs in 10 overs. We had misplaced wickets, and once you lose wickets it’s important to change your technique,” Dravid stated on the post-match press convention.

Rohit Sharma’s 31-ball 47 had set India on their approach, with the group reaching 80 on the finish of the powerplay. However they solely managed 4 boundaries via the remainder of the innings to finally end on 240. Dravid attributed the slowdown to the lack of wickets at common intervals, and never a scarcity of intent.

“We’ve not performed any fearful cricket on this remaining. Within the center overs, they bowled very well and we had misplaced three wickets. So a interval of consolidation was wanted, and each time we thought we might get on the assault, we’d lose a wicket,” he stated. “In the event you lose wickets, it’s important to rebuild. We did not got down to play defensively.”

Whereas Australia finally coasted to the goal with seven overs to spare and 6 wickets in hand, Dravid reckoned the sport might have performed out in a different way had India acquired 30-40 extra runs on a floor he believed was more durable to bat on within the afternoon.

“Simply felt just like the ball was stopping within the afternoon a bit bit greater than it did within the night. It felt just like the ball got here on to the bat loads higher within the night. There was that interval the place the ball was stopping and we weren’t capable of get boundaries. We had been capable of rotate the strike however we weren’t capable of get these boundaries.

“If we had acquired to 280-290 and so they had been 60 for 3 then it might need been a really totally different sport. However 240, I feel they had been all the time one partnership away from getting there.”

“I have been concerned in three… and I feel we have not performed very well on the day. I assumed we had been a bit quick in Adelaide, within the semi-final [of the T20 World Cup, against England]. We misplaced the primary day within the World Take a look at Championship [final]. We did not bowl significantly nicely after Australia had been three down. And right here we did not bat nicely sufficient.

“There’s not one explicit purpose you may pin it right down to. I did not really feel at any stage going into this sport that there have been any nerves or the fellows had been intimidated by the sport. I assumed the vitality and the psychological house the boys had been in main into this explicit sport was spot on.”

Dravid’s two-year contract as head coach runs out this month, however he refused to be drawn into any conversations about his future. He heaped reward on captain Rohit Sharma for his management and his batting all through the World Cup.

“I feel he has been an distinctive chief, all the time felt he is led this group fantastically nicely. He is given a lot of his time and vitality within the dressing room to the boys. There’s been a whole lot of planning, a whole lot of technique, he is all the time dedicated to these issues.

“His batting as nicely, I assumed it was improbable the best way he set the tone for us. We knew that we wished to play a sure approach, we wished to play a constructive, attacking model of cricket, and he was very dedicated to doing that. He wished to guide by instance, and I assumed proper all through the match he was excellent. Cannot communicate extra extremely of him, as an individual and a frontrunner.”

Whether it is to be Dravid’s final post-match press convention as coach, it would not have been a straightforward one to entrance as much as; Dravid, who had made the stroll in the direction of the press convention room whilst Australia had been being handed their winners’ medals, admitted to feelings working excessive within the Indian dressing room.

“There was a whole lot of feelings in that dressing room. It was robust to see as a coach, as a result of I understand how onerous these guys have labored, what they’ve put in, the sacrifices they’ve made. However that is sport. That occurs. It could actually occur. And the higher group received on the day. I am certain the solar will come up tomorrow morning. We’ll study from it, we’ll mirror, and we’ll transfer on. That is what you do as sportsmen. You may have some nice highs in sport, and you’ve got some lows in sport. And you retain transferring on. You do not cease.”

Yash Jha is a multi-platform content material producer and presenter for ESPNcricinfo

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