India news June 20, 2014

Bangladesh failures won't negatively impact India batsmen - Dravid


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Dravid: Binny's confidence India's main takeaway from Bangladesh series

Rahul Dravid, the former India captain, believes the experience of consecutive collapses in seamer-friendly conditions in the last two ODIs against Bangladesh will hold India's young batsmen in good stead going forward. Speaking to ESPNcricinfo after India clinched the three ODI series 2-0, Dravid said he was not "too concerned" although India were bowled out for 105 in the second game and were 119 for 9 in the third when rain forced the game to be abandoned.

"In the end, it's just two games. It's too small a sample size to really judge from," Dravid said. "Those two wickets weren't exactly great, especially with the rain and all those covers there. India got out for 105 and the opposition got out for 58.

"It was a good experience for batsmen who have sometimes grown up on flat wickets in the subcontinent. Sometimes when you come up in conditions that are slightly more difficult and challenging, you have to readjust and recalibrate scores that you think are par for the course, which maybe India, who batted first on both occasions, didn't do as well."

Dravid pointed to the "confidence" Stuart Binny would have gained from his Man-of-the-Series performance in Bangladesh as India's major "takeaway" from the tour. Calling the criticism of Binny's selection in Test squad "unfair', Dravid said: "He has earned the right to be in the Indian side having helped Karnataka win three titles last season." Having played with Binny for both Karnataka and Rajasthan Royals, Dravid believes he is a "handy cricketer" and a "good selection for a tour to England". "In Tests, if India wanted to play two spinners, maybe there might be a Sanjay Bangar kind of role for him - not at the top of the order, but maybe down the order. Sanjay played that role for us in England in 2002."

Besides Binny three other members of the ODI squad in Bangladesh - Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Wriddhiman Saha - are part of the Test squad that leaves on Saturday for the five-match series in England. Dravid dismissed fears that a couple of low scores in Bangladesh will have a negative impact going into sterner challenges that await in England.

"I think the quality and intensity of your practice matches and the quality and intensity of your practice sessions leading into the first couple of Test matches are very important. I always felt they were critical to success abroad, so I wouldn't worry too much about this one-day series but focus on getting the first 14-20 days right in the Test series. If they do that, get onto a bit of a roll, the batsmen get some confidence, time in the middle, I think you will see them have success. I don't think any Test wicket will be the kind we saw in Bangladesh."

Dravid is also hopeful that while tackling similarly tricky situations in the future, the batsmen will be better prepared. "India went with a young and inexperienced batting line-up and maybe they just needed a little bit more time to cope, so maybe they can learn from this experience as and when they come upon a wicket like this," he said. "There aren't many wickets like these in the world now, just because of the way they are being prepared, because of the technology, the knowhow, wicket preparation has become so good now. We've got some really good quality, sort of standardised wickets in the world now, which means when you come up on wickets like this you have to re-adjust."

Dravid also cautioned against presuming how a batsman would approach a Test innings on the basis of a one-day knock. "Sometimes the pressure is more in one-day cricket on wickets like this because you also have to keep the score ticking", he said. "In one-day cricket sometimes, especially when the matches are shortened like they were in Bangladesh, you are trying to get runs.

"It's inexperience; you don't recognise that even 150-160 can be enough on that kind of wicket. If you are batting first, that can sometimes become a problem and you start playing the kind of shots you normally wouldn't."

While confronted with a similar challenge against the red ball in a Test match, Dravid provided insight into how a batsman should approach the task. "In England, if in the first session the conditions are overcast, you want to keep the cover drive or the drive on the rise in the locker, unless it's a half volley. Keep it in cold storage, and bring it out if you are still batting after lunch or tea, when you are well set and the conditions can change. The challenge of doing well in those conditions is selecting the shots that you want to play, and in which situations you are going to play them."

Gaurav Kalra is a senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sunil on June 23, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    Were they (2nd and 3rd test) seaming tracks? Really? Have we ever seen such tracks in India? Why can't India hire the expert curators from Bangladesh to prepare such tracks before foreign trips for our players to practice?

  • Ashok on June 23, 2014, 0:42 GMT

    Dravid made one excellent suggestion - Keep the drive on the rise in the Locker. Players who rely on hand-eye coordination with awkward footwork are all prone to this. Kohli does it well on the Indian wkts. But in England the ball bounce is greater & is variable which Broad, Anderson & Plunkett will use to their advantage. Of course all strokes in Test matches are played after the batsman has his eye in unless a rank bad ball or full toss presents itself. However Dravid forgot the crucial need for all batsmen to leave the balls outside the off stump well alone. Gambhir is compulsive chaser of such balls & if he is in XI, watch how easily & consistently may I add, he falls a prey to such balls. Dhawan is also susceptible to such balls as he gets most of his runs by cutting the balls outside the off. Vijay tries hard to leave them alone. So 2 out of 3 openers have a "Iffy" approach. India failed to choose the right openers. Good start is crucial for a big Indian total! Can they get One?

  • Dummy4 on June 22, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    Ind almost defeated da ALMIGHTY RSA side at the latter's home, even when Jaques Kallis #LEGEND & G Smith #skipperLEGEND were both present; da series should at least have been drawn, but 4 a spinner like Robin Peterson ripping through India's batting line--up in da 3rd innings in da 2nd Test at Kingsmead in Durban; & Ravi Ashwin failing, in Jo'burg, 2 do even 5% of what Anil Kumble #legend used 2 accomplish in foreign "unfriendly---4---spin" conditions in Eng, Aus, RSA, NZ etc.

    Tiz extremely crucial 2 note dat 90% of India's squad members were touring abroad(i.e; Eng/RSA/Aus/NZ/WI etc.) 4 da 1st tym ever{for Tests, at least}; many had not played more dan 3--4 Tests even in India

    UMPIRING HOWLERS & debacles etc. converted a should--have--been---Indian---triumph in da 1st Test in New Zealand 2 an---official--victory---4---NZ; in da 2nd Test, at Basin Reserve, Wellington, NZ were blown away in da 1st innings for almost nothing on da board & Ind, da touring team, amassed a 250run lead

  • Bibhuti on June 22, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    Binny is good for england series

  • Android on June 22, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    @Arun Bose Mate, aren't you high on overconfidence? I mean you said whoever says Indian batting is poor after taking this series in light is uneducated in cricket and yet you go on to say that India will whitewash England 4-0. Making such predictions (highly unlikely ones as well) will too make you stand in same category as Mushfiqur Rahim and those you call uneducated.

  • arun on June 22, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    As much as you guys want, gambhir is not coming into the side and ashwin is not going to be out of the side.Vijay and ashwin still remain the most favourite for their positions and rightly so. The only question remains as to which three fast bowlers will play. My bet will be on bhuvi, shami and ishant. In short, Indian side will look very similar to Sri Lankan side.

  • Dummy4 on June 21, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    @wapuser...Ajinkya Rahane has begun to show great promise at No.6 in South Africa and New Zealand. Dhawan scored a century in New Zealand and Vijay played well in South Africa. Gambhir will have to wait for at least the first two Tests. In the unlikely event of playing 5 bowlers, Rohit Sharma should be the one to miss out.

  • Dummy on June 21, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    I think england pitches is a bit bouncy n seaming.. my playing 11 for the first england test would hv 6 batsman jadeja & 4 pace bowlers.wanted to involve Dhawan as well but cant find a place for him in the 11.

    1.Ajinkya Rahane 2.Gautam Gambhir 3.Cheteshwar Pujara 4.Virat Kohli 5.M S dhoni 6.Rohit Sharma 7.Ravinder Jadeja 8.S Binny/Pankaj Singh/Ishwar Pandey 9.Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10.Mohammad Shami 11.Varun Aaron

  • dexter on June 21, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    What was Bangladesh trying to accomplish in this series, they have proven again what the world knows and that is they have alot of work to do on their all round cricket. If anything they may have lost a few more loyal fans by losing in such humiliating fashion especially in the 2nd ODI, outside of that nothing about this series made any sense whatsoever.

  • Rob on June 21, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    I am looking forward to the Indian tour of England but I bet Cook is more so, it will give him an opportunity to get his confidence back. Some of the new Indian bowlers look promising, time will tell, Englands new crop seem to be bedding in well with strength in reserve (Finn, Stokes...). We will see if Pujara is as good as the hype is saying as bar one or two knocks his overseas form is poor. India will probably lose the test series and do better in the shorter forms,