Rahul Dravid talks about the early departure of Team India to Australia for the T20I World Cup TT News


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The Indian team for the T20 World Cup will leave for Perth today (Thursday, October 6) where they will stay for a week to acclimatize to the conditions in Australia.

Before the departure, India head coach Rahul Dravid explained why the team is leaving early for Australia. He said the team’s early arrival in Perth would help them adapt to the speed and bounce offered by the pitches, especially when almost half the squad had not played a T20I match in the country before.

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“We’ll have a few days and sessions in Perth and then a couple of games there. In the post-match press conference following India’s 49-run loss to South Africa, Dravid said, Australia are very unique in terms of pace and bounce on those wickets and many of our players haven’t played much T20 cricket in Australia. has played In the third T20I in Indore.

It is to be noted that the main players of the team – Suryakumar Yadav and Arshdeep Singh have no experience of playing competitive cricket in Australia. Apart from them, Harshal Patel and Deepak Hooda have toured Australia but as members of the India U19 team in 2009 and 2013 respectively. And in the case of Yatra Bhandar, leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi has never played cricket in Australia.

“The idea was to give myself a chance to practice a bit more, (according to the conditions) and get some practice time. Having moved to Australia earlier (in his playing days), it takes some time to get used to that pace and bounce and hopefully once we practice, we will be able to discuss sessions, strategies and tactics. How we need to play. Dravid said.

“It’s important (to go early) because we get a bit of extra time and we have quite a young squad with a lot of guys who haven’t played a lot of cricket in Australia. So hopefully that will help us,” he added.

Indian captain Rohit Sharma also echoed the same reasons when he was asked about the team’s move to Australia. He said that only seven or eight of the fifteen members of the squad had been to Australia before and this would help them adapt to the playing conditions.

“A lot of guys haven’t been to Australia. That’s why we’re going there early and getting used to the conditions there, so we’re going to Perth first, try and play on those bouncy pitches and see. What we can do there. Only seven or eight of the fifteen members of the team have been to Australia before, so half of the team hasn’t been before.

“We wanted to try to go in early and have some practice games, like we’ve had some practice games against Western Australia and two ICC practice games. So, it will help us get into our rhythm, what kind of combinations we can play,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

The Indian team will play a warm-up match against the Western Australian state team in Perth. After that, they will travel to Brisbane to play official T20 World Cup warm-up matches against Australia and New Zealand at The Gabba on October 17 and 19 respectively.

India are in Group 2 of the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup, along with Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Africa and two qualifiers. Additionally, they will open their campaign in a high-voltage match against arch-rivals Pakistan at the MCG on October 23, followed by South Africa on October 27 (against the first qualifier at the SCG), South Africa on October 30 (at the Perth Stadium against) matches will be held. November 2 (against Bangladesh at Adelaide Oval) and November 6 (against the other qualifier team at the MCG).

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