Dravid dismisses talks of too many players handed Indian cap easily
Indian coach for the Sri Lankan tour Rahul Dravid dismisses all suggestions that too many players are being handed the Indian cap easily on this tour. He asserted that anyone who gets selection in the squad of 15 or 20 has already earned the right to play for India. And is expect to get a call up any time.
‘Selectors don’t pick you to be on holiday’ Dravid was quoted in a pre-match talk before the 2nd T20I.
Dravid said that with so many cricketers playing in the country. t is a tough proposition itself to be consider good enough to get pick for the Indian national squad. Therefore any individual getting picked is already considered good enough to play and has to be mentally ready to play. Dravid dismisses talks of too many players handed Indian cap easily.
After India won the ODI series, there were 5 changes for the 3rd game with players. Like Nitish Rana, Chetan Sakariya, Varun Chakravarthy making their debuts which led to a lot of outside noise that Indian caps are hand over easily.
After covid related isolation of 9 cricketers before 2nd T20I. India was force to play 4 debutants in the latest match which Sri Lanka won in the last over to level the series.
“After we wrapped up the ODI series, we tried to give a few people a chance. Obviously, circumstances here have forced us to do it here even before we managed to win the series. But I truly believe that if you’re select to play for India. Whether it’s 15 players or 20 players – you’re good enough to play in the XI. I don’t really think that the selectors select you in the 15 just to warm the bench or for a holiday,” Dravid said.
Dravid also mentioned that the quarantine protocols are tough on players. But asserted that the motivation comes from playing for India.
Brief footage of the interview below.