"I Just Felt We Left...": Rahul Dravid's Honest Admission On India's Defeat In 1st Test

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 1/30/2024 7:23:55 AM

Hyderabad, Jan 29 India head coach Rahul Dravid felt India's mistake during the 28-run defeat to England in the opening Test was leaving runs on the field in the first innings and not capitalising on good starts. After India's spinners forced England to succumb to 246, Yashasvi Jaiswal (80), KL Rahul (86) and Ravindra Jadeja (87) guided India to a gigantic total of 436. All three batters looked poised to a big time on field, but eventually fell short. Dravid emphasized on this fact in the postmatch press conference and said, "I thought we left probably 70 runs on the board in the first innings. You know, I think in our first innings, when conditions were pretty good to bat in on day two, I thought in the kinds of situations we got ourselves into, some good starts and we didn't really capitalise." "We didn't get a hundred, you know, we didn't get somebody getting a really big hundred for us. So, in some ways, in India, I just felt we left those 70, 80 runs back in the hut in the first innings. Second innings is always going to be challenging. It's one of those things that, you know, it's tough. It's not easy to chase 230 or it's not done very often," Dravid added. Dravid went on to state that the current Test setup features a lot of young players, who are still learning the art of playing long innings. "A lot of players are quite young, in the sense that a lot of these guys do play a lot of white-ball cricket and also maybe don't get a lot of time to get to play.


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