India’s head coach, Rahul Dravid, acknowledged the talk around the pitch ahead of the fourth Test against Australia in Ahmedabad, stating that they need to be realistic about batting in these challenging conditions. With India looking to secure their place in the WTC final with a win, Dravid reminded everyone that challenging wickets were a “part of the game.”
Dravid downplayed talks around India’s batters struggling, pointing out that the team has played on some challenging wickets overseas, such as in South Africa, where spinners were taken out of the game. He explained that producing wickets that eventually yield results is crucial and that sometimes preparing wickets where the ball holds a bit more sway over the bat is necessary.
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Despite India’s top order struggling, Dravid wasn’t bothered by it, as the lower middle order has been responsible for the majority of runs in the series. He stressed the importance of being realistic about what constitutes a good performance on challenging wickets, suggesting that a score of 50-60 or 70 somewhere could actually be a very, very good score in certain conditions.
While India is ahead in the series, Australia’s recent win in Indore demonstrated that they could not only test, but also beat, India in these conditions. Dravid’s focus remains on being realistic about what constitutes a good performance in challenging conditions and preparing accordingly for the upcoming match.
India vs Australia 4th Test Schedule, Timing and Venue
Match: India vs Australia 4th Test
Dates: Mar 09, Thu – Mar 13, Mon
Timing: 11pm EST (-1d) | 4am GMT | 9:30am Local IST
Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad