Team India head coach Rahul Dravid feels the upcoming away Test series against South Africa will be challenging for the Indian batters as the conditions are pacers-friendly. The two-match series begins on Tuesday, December 26 at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. The Rohit Sharma-led team will have a tough ask in hand as India has never won a Test series in South Africa.
Rahul Dravid’s contract as India’s head coach ended following the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. However, he has agreed to an extension and will tour South Africa. He was India’s head coach when they toured South Africa in 2021-22. They lost the series 2-1. The former cricketer acknowledged that the South African conditions are challenging for batters. He added that every batter will have a game plan ready for the series.
“So, it is a challenging place to bat; the statistics will tell you that. It is one of the more difficult places to bat in, especially in Centurion and Johannesburg. The wickets do tend to do a bit, and they tend to get up and down as well. Every one of the batsmen will have a game plan as to how they want to go, as long as they are clear about it and they commit to it and are practising towards that, that’s fine,” said Rahul Dravid on Star Sports.
We don’t expect everyone to play in the same way: Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid further expressed that every batter has a different approach to tackling the South African conditions. He added that they should stick to what suits them, and need to make match-winning contributions on the Proteas tour. Speaking to Star Sports, Rahul Dravid said,
“We don’t expect everyone to play in the same way. We want them to be very clear about what works for them, and then be able to execute that. The boys, once they get out there, a lot of it is mental, and I guess, you know, we try and stress on the fact that if we do get going if we get the opportunity to get set, they try to make it a match-winning contribution.”