I want match-winning contributions from Virat Kohli even if it’s not three figure mark: Rahul Dravid | Cricket News – Times of India


BIRMINGHAM: Virat Kohli has set an altogether totally different bench-mark together with his 70 worldwide a whole lot however Rahul Dravid, from a coach’s perspective, desires his finest batter to make “match-winning contributions” even when it’s not a three-figure one prefer it has occurred over time.
Kohli has not scored a global hundred since November 2019 however Dravid dismissed notions that the proprietor of 27 Take a look at a whole lot is “missing in motivation”.
“As gamers, you undergo these phases and I do not suppose you want motivation to be very trustworthy with you and I believe in Virat’s case it’s nothing to do with lack of motivation or need,” Dravid stated forward of India’s rescheduled fifth Take a look at in opposition to England beginning right here on Friday.

“It isn’t at all times focussing on these three figures like even a 70-odd (79) in a tough state of affairs in Cape City (vs SA) was innings. Did not convert right into a three-figure, nevertheless it was rating.
“Clearly, the requirements that he has set, individuals solely see a whole lot as a hit however for me, from a coaches’ perspective, we would like contributions from him — match-winning contributions, whether or not it’s a 50 or a 60,” the coach defined.
For Dravid, Kohli, who’s nearing 34, is not on the incorrect aspect of 30 as many wish to consider.
“In my view, he’s on the proper aspect of 30 and he’s an extremely match man. He is without doubt one of the most hardworking guys that I’ve come throughout and his need and starvation and complete angle of taking care of himself,’ he stated.

“And his preparation, even the best way he batted at Leicester, batting in these circumstances and scoring the 50s and 60s, eager on enjoying in opposition to our bowlers, batting in opposition to Bumrah and all these guys. He’s ticking all the proper packing containers and doing every part he must do to come back out of it,” Dravid stated in a reassuring tone.
Six captains in 7 months not one thing I envisaged
Since Dravid first took the crew to Sri Lanka, he had Shikhar Dhawan as captain after which additionally had Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya and now in all probability Jasprit Bumrah as a captain.
So six captains throughout three codecs in an area of seven months since he took over is not a perfect state of affairs.
“It’s what it’s. Once I took this job, even I could not have predicted that we’ll have so many captains in six or seven months however that may occur in occasions we live in, COVID-19, unlucky accidents to individuals, what occurred to Rahul (groin damage) and now to Rohit in final 3 weeks,” Dravid stated emphatically.
“Generally, we’ve got needed to steadiness out the workload and simply should react to that, its not one thing I wished once I began off, not one thing you envisage once you begin off however once they come up, you react and cope with them.
“…regardless of variety of captains we’ve got had, we’ve got performed fairly good cricket, over final six to eight months. We’ve acquired our contingency plans in place and communications are clear and inside the group everybody is aware of what we’re going to do if some state of affairs arises,’ he stated.
Hints that Pujara might open
Dravid did not need to give it away however stated that if a state of affairs arises, quantity three will be requested to open which signifies that Cheteshwar Pujara is likely to be seen opening the batting with Shubman Gill.
“Any such resolution is taken in session with the participant. As a participant not each state of affairs is as anticipated and it could actually occur at occasions that quantity three must open,” he stated.


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