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After the T20I series defeat to the West Indies, Rahul Dravid said, “Batting depth is something we need to improve

<p>Indian coach Rahul Dravid said that the squad’s lack of batting depth has to be addressed without compromising the bowling attack so that they may have more freedom in choosing the combinations after his side’s T20I series defeat to West Indies.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-125885″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/theindiaprint.com-after-the-t20i-series-defeat-to-the-west-indies-rahul-dravid-said-batting-depth-is-something-we-need-to-improve-dravid-1024×683-11zon-750×500.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com after the t20i series defeat to the west indies rahul dravid said batting depth is something we need to improve dravid 1024×683 11zon” width=”1397″ height=”931″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/theindiaprint.com-after-the-t20i-series-defeat-to-the-west-indies-rahul-dravid-said-batting-depth-is-something-we-need-to-improve-dravid-1024×683-11zon-750×500.jpg 750w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/theindiaprint.com-after-the-t20i-series-defeat-to-the-west-indies-rahul-dravid-said-batting-depth-is-something-we-need-to-improve-dravid-1024×683-11zon-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/theindiaprint.com-after-the-t20i-series-defeat-to-the-west-indies-rahul-dravid-said-batting-depth-is-something-we-need-to-improve-dravid-1024×683-11zon-150×100.jpg 150w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/theindiaprint.com-after-the-t20i-series-defeat-to-the-west-indies-rahul-dravid-said-batting-depth-is-something-we-need-to-improve-dravid-1024×683-11zon.jpg 1024w” sizes=”(max-width: 1397px) 100vw, 1397px” title=”After the T20I series defeat to the West Indies, Rahul Dravid said, "Batting depth is something we need to improve 3″></p>
<p>At the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground on Sunday, West Indies defeated India 3-2 to win the five-match T20I series. Nicholas Pooran and Brandon King contributed much to this victory.</p>
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<p>India entered this series with relatively limited batting talent and four number 11s in each of their five T20Is. Especially in instances of top-order/middle-order collapses that affected India repeatedly throughout the white-ball leg of the series, this lack of batting depth did not aid India at all. Rahul Dravid said that India’s lack of batting depth is a problem.</p>
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<p>“I believe that given the composition of our group, we may not have had the flexibility to sometimes switch up our lineups. But I believe that moving ahead, we must consider those areas where we can improve. One thing we’ve been working on is adding depth to our batting. As reported by ESPNCricinfo, “We are trying to do the best we can, but that is definitely an area we can look at, how we cannot weaken our bowling attack while ensuring we have a certain amount of depth in batting.”</p>
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<p>“As these matches go and the margins of victory increase, West Indies has Alzarri Joseph, who can strike a wicked ball, coming in at No. 11. As a result, your sides have that depth. Undoubtedly, we have certain difficulties in that area, and we must address them. We need to expand on the depth that this series has undoubtedly given us in this regard, he said.</p>
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<p>Due to injuries or proper workload management, many prominent players, including Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, and Shreyas Iyer, were absent for this series. India is looking for all-round players, and even Wasim Jaffer said as much on ESPNCricinfo’s T20 Time:Out broadcast.</p>
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<p>“This XV will make up the majority of the [T20 World Cup] team,” Jaffer remarked.</p>
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<p>“To go ahead in this format, you need to look at the young people. Therefore, potential stars include athletes like Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Mukesh Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, and Arshdeep Singh. There are certain holes, nevertheless, that you must close. The batting ranking at number seven is the main cause for worry. Many players in the top order are failing to get a start and fail to capitalize on it, and a large part of it is because they believe they must bat the majority of the overs since no one else is available to bat beyond number seven.</p>
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<p>“India will compete in the World Cup in ten months. This can’t be the model, however. Someone who can tonk the ball should bat at number eight, or maybe nine. Of course, the bowlers also need to start improving their batting a little. their six-hitting or four-hitting capacity, at the very least. We must consider men who can bowl and bat. What comes to mind is Shivam Dube. The two men that immediately spring to mind are Venkatesh Iyer and Washington Sundar, and we must cultivate them.</p>
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<p>Young players like Yashasvi Jaiswal (356 runs in six innings with one century and two fifties), Tilak Varma (173 runs in five innings at an average of 57.66 with one fifty and a wicket), and Mukesh Kumar (nine wickets in nine matches in all formats on this tour), on the other hand, impressed Rahul Dravid.</p>
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<p>“I believed that all three of the three individuals who made their series debuts for us stood up. I think Yashasvi Jaiswal produced a really nice innings in the fourth T20I match. It was good to see him duplicate his IPL performance in international cricket, according to Rahul Dravid.</p>
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<p>“Tilak Varma, in my opinion, was a great middle order addition. He sometimes entered into really challenging circumstances. However, he always plays with great desire, acts extremely constructively, and tries to advance the game. He also fielded well throughout the series and proved to us that he can bowl one or two overs. Tilak is showing extremely encouraging indications, and having that left-hander in the middle of the order makes a big difference against some of the assaults we’ve come up against.</p>
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<p>“Also Mukesh. He made his debut in every format in this series, and I felt he did a great job. Because of his propensity to bowl at the very end, he was sometimes had to bowl against some extremely strong, hard-hitting opponents, and considering that this was only his fourth or fifth game, he performed well. Therefore, I believe that the men who made their debuts for us have some very great qualities, and I hope that they gain confidence from the series and continue to grow in the future. They will go to Ireland to take advantage of a couple more T20 opportunities, and I have no doubt that the more chances they get, the better they will perform.</p>
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<p>India made the poor decision to bat first, as Men in Blue rapidly fell to 17/2 after losing openers Yashasvi Jaiswal (5) and Shubman Gill (9) to early wickets. After these two little blips, Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma (27 in 18 balls with three fours and two sixes) produced a 49-run partnership. It was essentially downhill for India once Tilak was fired. Suryakumar struck 61 runs in 45 balls (four boundaries and a six), but captain Hardik Pandya (14) and Sanju Samson (13) couldn’t really help out the top-ranked T20I batter from the other end. India concluded with a score of 165/9 in their 20 overs as wickets kept dropping.</p>
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<p>India’s momentum throughout the innings was halted by a four-wicket haul by Romario Shepherd (4/31) as he secured the vital dismissals of Samson and Pandya. Both of the openers were taken out by Akael Hosein (2/24) while Suryakumar’s key wicket was secured by Jason Holder (2/36).</p>
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<p>WI easily lost Kyle Mayers (10) in the pursuit of 166. However, a 107-run stand between Nicholas Pooran and Brandon King (47 in 35 balls, with one four and four sixes) dramatically turned the tide of the match in India’s favor when Tilak removed Pooran. Together with Shai Hope (22* in 13 balls), King led WI to victory with two overs remaining. King scored 85* in 55 balls, including five fours and six sixes.</p>
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<p>For India, Tilak and Arshdeep each grabbed a wicket.</p>
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<p>The ‘Player of the Match’ honor went to Shepherd for his four-for-four.</p>
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<p>With a top score of 67 and a strike rate of almost 142, Pooran was named “Player of the Series” after scoring 176 runs in five games.</p>
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