Rahul Dravid was on the minds of everyone after team India’s batting collapsed at Adelaide. The Indian side was bundled out for just 36 runs and several reports suggested that BCCI might decide to seek guidance from Rahul Dravid. The former India batsman was known to be a master at playing the moving ball in Tests away from home.
Now Soon to be officially elected as the vice-president of the BCCI, Rajeev Shukla has revealed whether or not Dravid will be flown to Australia. Shukla also asserted that BCCI including president Sourav Ganguly is not satisfied with team India’s ordinary performance in the opening Test.
Rahul Dravid will not be flown to Australia- Rajeev Shukla
The former chairman of the Indian Premier League added that the board is constantly in touch with the team management and are positive about the team turning things around in the next Test. As far as Rahul Dravid is concerned, Shukla declared that he will not join team India in Australia. He believes that the players are capable of improving and will assess pitch conditions better at MCG.
“We are not happy. It was not a good score and we are really concerned. The BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah are concerned about it and both are working on some plans through which the performance can be improved. They will obviously be in touch with team management. I am quite optimistic and hopeful that in the next Test match we will definitely do better”, Shukla told ANI.
“Nobody will be flown to Australia, our performance in the first innings against the hosts was good, we even took the lead but in the second innings we collapsed, it happens sometimes, after that all the corrective measures have been taken and I think our players are capable of improving the performance and they will look at the wicket conditions in Melbourne and accordingly a composition of the squad will be worked up,” he added.
Meanwhile, Rajeev Shukla also talked about Virat Kohli’s absence in the last three Test matches. He admitted that it is a big loss but backed other players to stand up and do well without Kohli. The second Test between Australia and India will begin from December 26 at Melbourne.