DUBAI: India’s head coach Rahul Dravid doesn’t care how many runs his star hitter Virat Kohli scores, but is more concerned about the impact his contributions have on the wider cause of crew.
Kohli’s spotty form and subpar strike rate entering at No.3 has been questioned time and time again and for the umpteenth time Dravid has come to the defense of the former India captain.
“He (Kohli) is also coming back after a break, it’s nice to see he’s come back fresh, looking forward to playing all these games. He’s got time to spend in the middle. Hopefully he’ll start from now and will have a good tournament,” Dravid said ahead of the Asian Cup Super 4 game against Pakistan.

But he once again tried to say that Kohli’s form is the least of his concerns and also urged people not to obsess over any particular player’s numbers.
“For us it’s not really about the number of races he does. Especially with Virat people are a bit obsessed with his stats and numbers. For us it’s really not about that. “, said ‘The Wall’.
“It’s about the contributions he makes at different phases of the game. It doesn’t have to be 50 or 100 or a stat for us, even a small contribution does a lot for us in T20. He really sticks to put in good performances,” Dravid said.
No commitment on Ravindra Jadeja knee injury
His versatile spin bowler Ravindra Jadeja has been kicked out of the Asian Cup and is also set to be kicked out of the World T20 as he is set to undergo knee surgery which would rule him out indefinitely.
However, as the head coach has been for other players as well, he has remained largely evasive about Jadeja.

“Jadeja obviously injured his knee. He is in the care of the medical team, seeing the experts. The World Cup is a long way off. We don’t want to jump to conclusions, rule him out or exclude,” he added. said Dravid in his inimitable style.
“People get injured, a lot depends on the rehabilitation, the severity of the injury. I don’t want to rule it out, comment too much until I have a much clearer picture or a better idea, especially when the World Cup is six-seven weeks from now,” the head coach said, trying to keep the seriousness of the injury quiet.
Indian stimulators are effective, not glamorous
Pakistan’s rhythm drums over the years have gained traction, but Dravid is happy with his band which he says is efficient to the core.
“Of course they (Pakistan) are a very good bowling team, but we too have done well to limit them to 147. You are judged on the results you produce,” Dravid said ahead of the clash with his rivals. .
“I would say in numbers they would have hit 145kph, 147kph, we might have been in the 135-125kph mark, swing and or no swing, but bowling performance of our fast bowlers were also quite good.
“I’m convinced we also have a good bowling offense that produces results, maybe it’s not as…” Dravid trailed off, refraining from a word.
“I wanted to use a word but I can’t use this word (here). It comes from the mind but I can’t use it here,” he said, leaving everyone in two.
“It’s four letters that start with s, but that’s okay,” he added.
Avesh a little under the weather
Dravid however indicated that the pacemaker out of shape Avesh Khan is in a bit of a bad shape and could miss Sunday’s game.
“Avesh is not feeling well, he has a fever, doctors are managing him. Hope it’s not serious, ok for tomorrow or a later part of the tournament,” Dravid said.
Rishabh Pants no longer first-choice keeper
For the T20 World Cup, Dravid said Rishabh Pant is not the first-choice keeper as there will be no pecking order for him and Dinesh Karthik.
The surprise of their game against Pakistan was the omission of Pant, with the side managed by Rohit Sharma preferring the experienced glover of Dinesh Karthik to the flamboyant southpaw.
“There is no first-choice wicket-keeper in the team… We play according to the conditions, the situation, the opposition and what we think is the best XI.
“There is no first choice to play XI for every condition. It will vary. That day against Pakistan, we felt Dinesh was the right choice for us.
But he conceded it was hard to leave out Pant.
“It’s very difficult to rule anyone out, but we’re focused on picking the best XI. We have a bit of a team culture on our side that thinks we have a really good XV team and everything the world can play,” he said.



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