India again failed to win ICC trophy
Rahul Dravid failed again as a coach
New Delhi. Once again Team India failed to win the ICC Trophy. Australia defeated India by a margin of 209 runs to win the World Test Championship title. India’s second consecutive defeat in the WTC final. Even in 2021, India had failed to win the World Test Championship title. Then New Zealand defeated India in Southampton. After this defeat, only captain Rohit Sharma is not in question. Fingers are also being pointed at coach Rahul Dravid.
As a coach, Rahul Dravid has also failed to end the drought of ICC trophy. It has been one and a half years since Dravid became the coach of Team India. But, he too has not been able to bring great success to the team.
Dravid’s performance as a coach was good in bilateral series. But, when it came to ICC tournaments, he proved to be a failure. Wrong decisions, weak strategy and lack of consistency in the team’s performance were clearly visible. Team India was a lion at home in these 18 months, but got destroyed outside. In such a situation, if he is not able to give success to India as a coach in the ODI World Cup to be held in October-November this year, then he may have to pay the price again.
How was Team India’s performance under Dravid’s coaching?
Rahul Dravid was made the head coach of the Indian team in November 2021. Under his coaching, India has done well in bilateral series. Especially the winning streak of the team continued at home. India has lost only 1 out of 15 series at home when Dravid was the coach. India found success in bilateral series against teams below them in the ICC rankings. But, India had to face defeat outside the house.
India lost in the first test in South Africa
After Dravid became the coach, India’s first test abroad was against South Africa and India lost both the Test and ODI series. After that we definitely beat West Indies and Sri Lanka at home in Tests, ODIs and T20s. But, where do these teams stand in comparison to India? Everyone knows this.
Lion at home, Team India piled out
After this, the Indian team went to England to play 1 Test, where they lost under the captaincy of Jasprit Bumrah. After this, again in the Asia Cup 2022, Team India had to face failure. Team India went out of the Super-4 round due to the pair of Rahul-Rohit. After this, India got eliminated after losing in the semi-finals of T20 World Cup 2022. Then, even the ODI series had to be lost on Bangladesh tour.
This year, India definitely won the Border Gavaskar Trophy of 4 Tests at home from Australia. But Australia equalized by defeating India in the ODI series.
The pain of the humiliating defeat of the Asia Cup, T20 World Cup 2022 under Dravid’s coaching had not even been forgotten by the Indian fans that the defeat of the World Test Championship gave a bigger wound.
Where did Dravid go wrong as a coach?
The way Rahul Dravid played cricket, his coaching style is also similar. He did not take too many risks in these one and a half years. Rohit Sharma repeatedly said that Team India will play aggressive cricket. But, Rahul Dravid’s strategy showed its shortcomings. On many occasions, Dravid over-protected the under-performing players and India had to pay the price for it.
Ashwin had to sit out heavily
The decision of not playing R Ashwin in the final of the World Test Championship also proved to be heavy. Because in the second innings, 7 out of 18 wickets fell by Nathan Lyon and Ravindra Jadeja. That is, there was help for the spin bowlers on the oval wicket. There were many left-handed batsmen in Australia’s top order as well. In such a situation, if Ashwin had remained, then perhaps the result of the match could have been different.
Lack of consistency in selection, safe approach, injury and workload management of players, lack of clarity in the role of players, excessive experimentation, these are some of the shortcomings which were seen in Dravid’s coaching.
World Cup last chance for Dravid?
After losing the WTC Final, Dravid as a coach has the last chance to save his credibility in the ODI World Cup. Because before him, Duncan Fletcher, Anil Kumble and Ravi Shastri have been discharged from the post of coach due to their failure to win the ICC tournament. However, Dravid has been fortunate that two ICC trophy failures have not befallen him. In such a situation, if he has to handle the reins of Team India for a long time, then the World Cup is his last chance.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 12, 2023, 06:24 IST