Selecting an Indian cricket squad is currently one of the toughest jobs in India with the huge talent pool we have in the country, but it’s even tougher to select an XI currently for the Indian team. It is surely a good headache to have for the current head coach Rahul Dravid.
With the mouth-watering Boxing day Test set to start within a day, Rahul Dravid has to make some tough calls. Speaking to the media, Dravid said it is never easy to drop players of top quality but they are not scared to make these calls and sometimes they have to have a difficult conversation with the players.
“It’s never easy to leave out players, we have got some real quality. Sometimes we are not scared to make those calls, we have been having some really good conversations regarding the selection.cult conversations with a player. Most players are professional and sometimes you have to have difficult conversations with a player.”
“As long as you can communicate and give them the reasons about it then it’s okay” – Dravid on leaving out players
He understands everyone wants to be a part of the XI but the players understand when they are not picked as long as the reasons are given. He also said that players will be disappointed but this also makes people succeed at this level because they want to play rather than sit out.
“Everyone wants to be a part of the playing XI but they understand the situations. As long as you can communicate and give them the reasons about it then it’s okay,” Dravid told reporters on Saturday.”
“Players will be disappointed, but that is one of the things that makes people succeed at this level, you want to be playing, competing and part of the action, not sitting out.”
Rahul Dravid also spoke about how important it was to start well since it puts them in the driving seat and the opposition under pressure.
“Starting well is very important, it’s not the be all and end all but its important to start well. It’s not a make or a break but its always nice to come on tour and start well, it puts pressure on the home team. If you put the opposition under pressure then it would set up the series for us,” he concluded.