India’s head coach for the Sri Lanka tour, Rahul Dravid, said on Sunday that it was unrealistic to expect all youngsters selected for the limited-stakes assignment to get a game while trying to make an impression before this year’s T20 World Cup. .
The series marks the coaching return of Dravid, who is in Bengaluru as head of the National Cricket Academy. The second detachment, led by Shikhar Davan, there are six unlimited players.
“… I think it would probably be unrealistic to expect us on a short tour like this with three games or three one-day tours to give everyone a chance … and the selectors will be there too,” Dravid told a news conference before leaving.
Among the players vying for a place on the T20 team for this year’s World Cup are the limited trio of Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav and Sanju Samson. The series from Sri Lanka starts with ODI on July 13, followed by T20 on July 21.
The World Cup, originally scheduled for India, is scheduled to take place in the UAE in October due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The three T20s in Sri Lanka are more important than ODI, as this will be the last set of international games that India is playing before the championship.
“There are a lot of people on this team who are pushing for places or wanting to secure their places in the World Cup, but I think the key goal for everyone on the team and in the team … is to try and win the series,” said the former captain. of India.
“The main goal is to try to win the series and hope that people will have the opportunity to present some really good performances. These are the only three matches before the World Cup.
“I’m sure you know that the coaches and management by now would have a pretty fair idea of what kind of team they’re looking for.”
Currently with the test team in England, Dravid said that this tour cannot be considered a tour in India, where most players have to play.
Dravid has stated in the past that one of the reasons for his success as India under 19 and as a coach is the strategy of giving every traveling player a game to build his self-confidence.
“There is an opportunity for one or two places that the team management or selectors may be looking for, places that they may want to fill, and give them a few more options,” he said.
“That would be the goal probably in the next three T20s and to win the series. It’s a little different (from tour A). When you’re at the development level, all these tours are a little different than something like that.
“It will be a great learning experience for young children, even if they fail to play,” Dravid said.
The great Vata said that he did not talk much with the management of the team in Great Britain, but he plans to do so after he reaches Colombo, but did not specify the discussions he can hold with them.
“There will be several selectors who will travel with us. Once we get there, we will interact with them and see what they think,” he said.
“We had little contact with the management there (in the UK) … we didn’t bother them during the World Cup, but we will probably contact them sometime in the next few weeks and see what their thoughts are,” he added.