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Need to strike balance between winning games and building team says Rahul Dravid – Latest Cricket News

Indian cricket team head coach Rahul Dravid has said that he wants to strike a balance between winning every match and building a team for the future. Ahead of the T20I series against New Zealand at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur from Wednesday, Dravid admitted that he will have to plan for a long time but the focus will also have to be on the team’s victory.

Dravid said, ‘Different teams cannot be coached in the same way. Some coaching principles will never change but every team has different challenges and needs. You can’t say that everything that was done at the Under-19 level will be done here as well. I wouldn’t do it this way. For me this is an opportunity to learn and get to know the players. As a support staff, it is your responsibility to get the best performance out of the players. That’s how I see it.’

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Dravid, who has worked with young players as the NCA chief, said the ultimate goal at the junior level is not a win but at the senior level the team is expected to win every match. “It is important to strike a balance,” he said. We have to aim to win every match but don’t overlook the long-term target. This also applies to the fatigue of being in the bubble and the current situation. We will think about the future and long career of the players but their well being will not be overlooked for small goals.

The new coach said that winning is important but building a strong team for the future will also be an eye. “A mixture of both is necessary,” he said. Win now and keep an eye on the future. You also have to prepare for the big tournaments to come. It is my job to think for the future and coach any team, it will not change.

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Regarding workload management, Dravid said that different teams are not being considered for different formats but players playing all formats will be given proper rest. He cited the example of New Zealand’s Kane Williamson who has been rested from the T20I series against India to keep him fresh for the Test series. India’s ODI and Test captain Virat Kohli has also been rested for the T20I series. Dravid said, ‘So much cricket is being played. Player management is essential. Even in football, players are not able to play every match. This is the challenge before every team in world cricket and we have to manage the workload.

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