Dravid wants Chahal to play more red-ball cricket to gain experience

November 17, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgIndia A coach and Indian stalwart Rahul Dravid feels Yuzvendra Chahal should play more red-ball cricket to gain experience in the longest format of the game and focus on developing his skills for Test cricket.Leg-spinner Chahal has formed a lethal combination with chinaman Kuldeep Yadav in white-ball cricket but while Kuldeep found a place in India’s Test squad, Chahal is yet to prove himself in that arena.Dravid feels that Chahal has the skills to excel in red-ball cricket and he is getting the chance to prove himself and play the longest format in the ongoing ‘A’ series against South Africa.Dravid said that Chahal had a lot of success in white-ball cricket when he toured for ‘A’ series in Australia and he sees no reason that the same can translate into red-ball cricket.Also read – Mohammed Siraj stars in India A’s resounding victory over South Africa A”Chahal is someone the Indian selectors are keen on and they want to see how he does in red-ball cricket because he has not played much. So, it is nice that we gave him a couple of chances and it has worked out nicely. So, the more Chahal plays red-ball cricket, the more experience he will gain. There is no doubt, as we see, that he has got skills, but he needs to play a lot more,” Dravid said after India A beat South Africa A by an innings and 30 runs.Dravid was also pleased with the development shown by players like Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw and Mohammad Siraj. Siraj, who took 10 wickets against South Africa to help India ‘A’ received special praise.advertisement”I think they have shown over the last year or so with their performances that they are playing very good cricket. It’s nice to see them developing and growing as players. Whether there is an opportunity or not is not for me to decide. But they have played really well. Mayank Agarwal was quite exceptional in this game and Prithvi has shown continuous improvement in every level he has played,” he told reporters at post-match session.”I think maturity is one thing. Definitely, the way he [Siraj] has bowled in last three to four games for us in England and here has been absolutely terrific. He has taken 26 wickets in last three to four games. Also 10 here. He is maturing and bowling good, and also he is becoming stronger physically,” Dravid said.”For someone, who has not even played a lot of junior cricket coming up. He has not been really a part of the system. He has played 17 or 18 first class games. So, he is learning.”Dravid asserted that Siraj was still on a learning curve and said he would not judge him too quickly or harshly.”He has played a little bit of IPL and has been in and out. He has not had that much opportunities. The more he plays, the better he will get. I think, this is great and good step,” Dravid told.Dravid said that the organisers are trying to create conditions where fast bowlers can develop their skillset.”We are trying to create conditions – have more grass on the wicket so that it is bit more challenging for our batsmen while our seamers come into play. This hones their skills and gives them a chance to develop their skills,” Dravid said.Dravid said that planning and scheduling of the A series is very critical, which requires to be done in advance in reciprocal way between various boards just to create opportunities for players.”I see this A series a good bridge between domestic cricket, national and international cricket. It gives boards chance to give exposure to players. So, we work on planning and scheduling to make this happen. It opens up more options for selectors.Dravid said the focus on the ‘A’ series is not just on “winning games” but to keep a constant flow of players for the national team.”Our role is to develop young talents and give opportunities to them. Another role we play is to see what are the requirements of the national team and how we can help them,” he said.”Whether it is Murali Vijay or Ajinkya Rahane or Yuzuvendra Chahal, we try to see who can fit the bill of the national selectors.”There are times when he has to give opportunities to Indian players who are looking for a recall, he added. From his perspective, Dravid said they organise A series so that the players get more opportunities to play against quality Australian and South African players.advertisement”We have organised a triangluar series – there will be 30 players on display when we play one day series and Test matches in Australia and South Africa. So, more of our guys get opportunities to showcase their talents against some of the really talented players of the world, the better,” he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img

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