IND vs SA Coach Rahul Dravid in no mood to change top three scathing statement about Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul

Captain Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and veteran Virat Kohli have faced a lot of criticism for their batting stance in T20s but head coach Rahul Dravid knows their level and expects the trio to help the team ahead of the World Cup. Will give a ‘good, positive start’.
The batting of Rohit, Rahul and Kohli came under scrutiny during the power play in the last T20 World Cup. But Dravid has given clear indications that he is not in the mood to change the top three. Regular captain Rohit and Kohli have been rested from the upcoming series against South Africa.

“We know the level of our top three players,” Dravid said ahead of the first T20 International against South Africa. He is a world class player. The top three players in this series will be different but we are looking at a good positive start (under normal conditions) and playing according to the situation.
Rahul and Kohli have faced criticism for their strike rate in the power play. The coach did not take any names but did mention the need to improve the strike rate.

Dravid said, “If it is a big-scoring match, then of course you want your players to maintain the strike rate. If playing on the wicket is more challenging then he has to react accordingly.
The coach feels that clarity about the role is supreme and it can be different from the role you get playing for an Indian Premier League franchise. “Usually in T20 you want people to play positively and these players do that. Like I said, his role may be a little different.

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Dravid said, “We will give him a lot of clarity as to what his role is. I am confident that any player in the top three will be able to play their role depending on the situation in the match.” Dravid clarified that it is unrealistic to expect a player like Rohit to play in all formats in every series.

Asked whether it is difficult to give rest to the regular captain from time to time. The coach said, “It’s not difficult at all. Rahul has captained before, we are clear on many things. Rohit is a player who plays in all formats and it is unrealistic to expect all of them (players playing all formats) to be available in every series.

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Dravid said, “We have to make sure that they all stay fit for the big tournament and are at the top of their game at that time. We also have to play the rest of last year’s Test match in the UK and we have to make sure we have the best team.

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