‘We Are In Comfort Zone’- Rahul Dravid Oozes Confidence Ahead of T20I World Cup
Head coach Rahul Dravid on Saturday said that they are in their comfort zone, having got all the skill sets for different conditions and rival sides in Australia during the upcoming T20I World Cup. (Image: Twitter)

New Delhi: India cricket team’s head coach Rahul Dravid on Saturday said that they are in their comfort zone, having got all the skill sets for different conditions and rival sides in Australia during the upcoming T20I World Cup.

“We are quite comfortable that we have got all the skills that allow us to play different combinations and different kinds of XIs based on the wickets and oppositions. That’s really important in a World cup when you play in 4-5 different venues. You need to have that little bit of versatility and flexibility in your squad that allows you to change things,” Rahul Dravid told reporters on the eve of the second T20I against South Africa.

He stated, “Over the last few series, we probably have not been able to play that squad due to a variety of reasons. But most of the guys in the 15 now have had a pretty decent amount of cricket in the last six months. Within the group, within the team, we have been pretty clear about the kind of combinations we want, the kind of players that we are likely to play in the XI. You can’t pick an XI months in advance, you don’t know the wicket, and what it’s like.”

“We have been pretty clear about the skills we want in the 15. For me, that is really important. The kind of squad we pick to the World cup, barring injuries, what were the skills that we are looking for, different kinds of bowlers, certain batting skills, we have been very clear about,” added Dravid.

He is also happy with Harshal Patel’s progress having returned to action after overcoming a rib injury. However, death overs specialist Harshal Patel has leaked runs in the series against Australia.

On this Dravid said, “We’re very happy with the way he’s progressing. He bowled a phenomenal last over against Australia in Hyderabad. The more and more games he plays, the better for him. He’s really a mentally strong cricketer. He has been phenomenal for the franchise he plays in, even in international cricket he has played some good spells. He’s preparing really well, he’s practising really hard.”

India will take on South Africa in the second T20I match of the series on Sunday.