The Indian cricket team has recently concluded their second record breaking tour to New Zealand this season and the world saw a lot of noteworthy perf
The Indian cricket team has recently concluded their second record breaking tour to New Zealand this season and the world saw a lot of noteworthy performances from the Indian side across the formats in their tour. One of the major topics of discussion amongst fans and experts post the India-New Zealand tour was the absence of India’s former skipper Rahul Dravid from the tour.
When BCCI announced the touring schedule, it included Rahul Dravid as the head of the junior team. On enquiring about his absence, former India leg-spinner and now mentor at Delhi Capitals, Ashwin defended Dravid’s absence by saying it is not just mental but also physical burnout that Dravid needed to battle.
Ashwin claimed that Dravid, who has been working for the last two years with junior teams, has to take a break, so that he can be again ready to take on the responsibilities at the start of the 2020-21 domestic season.
He stated that Ishan Kishan was very impressive in the Vijay Hazare tournament and that was the “perfect platform” for Dravid to give him “special attention” for the New Zealand tour. He said that Dravid would be back with the team soon and will share the responsibilities of the junior team with him.
Ashwin also mentioned that Dravid’s enormous contribution to Indian cricket, both as a player and now as a mentor, has been tremendous. The ability of the legendary batsman to stay calm and composed amidst a hectic domestic season is noteworthy.
To conclude, it is obvious that after the tremendous success, the Indian team would not have made it to the final and won the series in New Zealand, had not the presence of a veteran like Rahul Dravid motivated the young players of the Indian side.
Ashwin defends Dravid’s absence in New Zealand
off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has defended Rahul Dravid’s absence in New Zealand, stating that he was suffering from not only mental, but also physical burnout. Dravid was given a break from international cricket for a month, during which he wasn’t in the New Zealand tour.
Ashwin stated that too much cricket was taking a toll on Dravid’s body. It was essential for Dravid to have a break from the rigours of international cricket. He said: “Too much cricket can be a lot to bear and its effects can be more than just mental. It is important to preserve your body and ensure that you are physically ready to perform.”
Ashwin also admitted that Dravid’s absence was to ease the strain that international cricket had put on him both mentally and physically. He said: “International cricket is very demanding and when you’re playing constantly, it’s easy to slip into a mental burnout. Both mental and physical reasons were important for this decision.”
Dravid had also sought his mother’s advice to make sure he was taking the right decision. Ashwin said: “This was not just a decision taken by the player but was a collective decision made by the team. Rahul’s mother even weighed in on the issue, giving her opinion to make sure he was making the correct decision.”
Adhering to the Rule
Ashwin said that it was important for players to adhere to the break rule that was put in place to keep them physically fit and mentally alert. He said: “It is important that the players adhere to the break rule, so they don’t get over-burdened and overexerted by playing too much. It’s important to preserve the body and recuperate during the breaks.”
In conclusion, Ravichandran Ashwin was in full support of Rahul Dravid’s decision to take a break from international cricket. He said that the break was essential for Dravid both mentally and physically, and that it was important for players to be mindful of the break rule.