Ajinkya Rahane is, more than anybody else, eager on getting massive runs beneath his belt and it’s a matter of only one recreation earlier than the India vice-captain regains his form, head coach Rahul Dravid stated on Monday.

Rahane scored 35 and 4 within the drawn opening Test in opposition to New Zealand and his common all through the 12 video games this yr is lower than 20.

Asked if Rahane’s poor form is a trigger for concern for him, Dravid stated: “I imply you don’t get worried. Of course, you would like more runs from Ajinkya, he would like to score more runs.

“He is a top quality participant and he has performed properly for India up to now. He is a type of guys who has high quality and expertise and it’s matter of a recreation when he would like to flip it round and he is aware of that and we all know that,” the legendary batter backed considered one of his senior gamers.

However, with Virat Kohli coming again within the subsequent recreation, the million greenback query is whom to drop and simply like his colleague Vikram Rathour, Dravid was additionally non-committal but did say that the choice will likely be taken as soon as the skipper joins the group.

Will Shreyas Iyer, after his Man-of-the Match efficiency, be dropped so as to accommodate Rahane?

“Look, we haven’t determined what will likely be our taking part in XI and it’s too early. At least, immediately our focus was on this recreation and after we go to Mumbai, we’ll assess the situations and test folks’s health. Virat Kohli will be a part of us so we now have to focus on with him additionally after which take a choice,” he side-stepped the query.

Iyer’s good present is a mirrored image of the system

For somebody who has constructed up the nationwide group’s pathways construction with a strong U-19 and India A system in place, the brand new head coach is happy as punch to see Shreyas Iyer come up trumps on his Test debut.

Iyer scored 105 and 65 to turn out to be first Indian Test debutant to hit 100 and fifty in the identical recreation.

“It’s nice to see the younger guys come via carry out straightaway on debut and we noticed that with one or two of the gamers in T20 as properly they usually made a great account of themselves,” the coach stated.

“A younger child doing properly in 1st Test for India and it’s not solely a great reflection of that particular person (participant) but additionally a great reflection of the system. Fact that we now have been ready to develop not simply India A but additionally he has performed for Mumbai, in membership cricket,” he appeared on the broader image.

Dravid had no hesitation in admitting that had everybody been match and obtainable Iyer won’t have gotten an opportunity, but when he obtained it, he had grabbed the chance with each fingers.

“Shreyas had to work very had and had to earn it. It wasn’t simple for him. Of course, he averages over 50 in first-class cricket but he hadn’t performed first-class cricket performed for 3 years.

“He wouldn’t have made the extent if we haven’t had accidents and he has taken it (alternative) with each fingers and proven his qualities,” the happy coach said.

Pitch was fairly unresponsive on fifth day, exterior edge was out of equation: Dravid

Dravid additionally counseled his spinners for placing up an ideal present on “fairly an unresponsive” fifth day monitor with exterior edges not coming into play.

“We confirmed nice composure and combating spirit and labored actually arduous in that ultimate session. It was fairly an unresponsive pitch on the fifth day and actually good effort to have taken eight wickets after lunch, three in that session and 5 in final session.

“With just a little little bit of luck, it would have gone our method I believe, guys actually fought arduous,” Dravid stated after the match.

What shocked Dravid was the truth that the pitch lacked the chew one finds on this a part of the world on the fifth day with minimal flip and nearly no close-in fielders — slips, ahead quick leg, silly-point or backward short-leg — coming into the image.

“It was low and gradual and doubtless it didn’t have that a lot bounce or didn’t have flip. Probably, you anticipate just a little bit more put on and tear on fifth day in Indian situations over the course of 5 days. This didn’t appear to have that form of chew,” he added.

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