Indian cricket team is set to take on Australia in the 2nd test at the Arun Jaitley Stadium at New Delhi. India come into the game after winning the 1st test by an innings and 132 runs. This gave India 1-0 lead in the series as they look to whitewash the Australian team to make it to the final of the WTC. Ahead of the 2nd test, Indian coach Rahul Dravid was in the line of fire as he gave a witty reply to one journalist’s question.
Australia ready to welcome Starc back into the team –
The 2nd test match at Delhi will witness Mitchell Starc make a comeback into the team. Scott Boland had joined Pat Cummins in the 1s test as the two seaming options for Australia. With Starc coming in, it is expected Boland will miss the bus to make it to the final XI for the Delhi test.
Dravid addresses lack of left arm pace options –
Rahul Dravid was taking the media questions before the start of the 2nd test. One of the questions was India not having a quality left am pace option. To which Rahul Dravid replied “a left arm fast bowler brings a lot of variation. You forgot the name of Zaheer Khan. But selectors and management definitely watch out for these talents. Arshdeep Singh played well in recent ODI’s. he also played well in Ranji Trophy, where he got 4-5 wickets, he is young and he is developing”
Rahul Dravid gives a boss answer to journalist questions –
Jaydev Unadkat and T. Natarajan were the last left arm pacer who played test cricket for India. The likes of Khaleel Ahmed, Mohsin Khan and Yash Dayal are recovering from injuries. Arshdeep Singh is yet to make his test debut despite bowling well for Punjab in the only Ranji game he played.
One journalist asked why India doesn’t have a pacer like Shaheen Afridi or Starc. Rahul Dravid was quick to answer the question. The Indian coach said “agar 6’4 bowler ha apke pass to aap batado. You took the names of Starc and Afridi, but in India we rarely find someone as tall as 6”5 who bowls left hand fast.
Performance the key for Dravid –
In the 1st test, Mohammad Siraj and Mohammad Shami were majorly playing the 2nd fiddle to the Indian spinners. India have a lot of young players who are good fast bowlers waiting to the don the whites of India. Coach Rahul Dravid summed it up and said “there are other guys who are performing. But only being a left arm pacer will not help you get into the side. You need to perform well”