Hope to pick full strength ODI squad from January: Rahul Dravid – Flying Journals


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India head coach Rahul Dravid believes that India is likely to have a strong ODI team by January next year and then play continuously for the next 8-9 months till October-to-October. The World Cup held in the country in November. Due to permutations and combinations related to workload management, India has been performing poorly in ODIs, losing back-to-back series against New Zealand and Bangladesh with very different lineups. Asked whether batting and bowling in midfield has become an issue, Dravid said it’s not easy without a full squad.

“I think from our point of view, the game is not easy. We don’t have the full squad. Hopefully from January onwards, depending on the injuries, we will have the full squad to play the home series. We have nine before the IPL. ODIs (3 against New Zealand, 3 against SL and 3 against Australia), hopefully we can play a solid lineup in these games,” Dravid said in his post-match press conference.

“In the past two years, we have prioritized T20 because there are two World Cups. In the next 8-10 months, we will be prioritizing ODI cricket. Juggling three formats is not easy.

“Now, our white-ball boys (experts) will get some rest in the game,” Dravid added.

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