He then said in a serious tone, ‘We will definitely try to consider this performance. Every match is a lesson for us and you keep learning something or the other. We have to think why we are not able to bat well in the third innings of a Test match and why we are not able to take 10 wickets in the fourth innings.
The Indian team has to play six more matches in the current cycle of the World Test Championship and all these matches are in the subcontinent (four in India and two in Bangladesh). Dravid plans to sit down with Chetan Sharma (chairman of the selection committee who is currently in England) to analyze the shortcomings. He said, ‘Now the next six Test matches are in the subcontinent and our focus will be on those remaining matches. The coach and selectors will sit and analyze this defeat.
“This review happens after every game and so the next time we travel to SENA countries (South Africa, England, New Zealand Australia) we will be better prepared to deal with it,” he said. ,
Asked about Ravichandran Ashwin’s absence in the team, he said, “It’s not easy to take out a player of Ashwin’s level in a Test match but after seeing the grass surface on the wicket before the start of the match, we thought it would be faster.” The bowlers will get more help. If you look at the entire match, Ravindra Jadeja and Jack Leach also did not get any help from the pitch.
Responding to a question on fitness after the bowlers’ poor performance in the second innings of the Test, he said, “It is something that we need to look at and improve upon.” We have been very good over the years and have been able to pick up wickets consistently. Yes, we haven’t been able to do that in the last few matches. There could be many reasons behind this performance. We need to maintain our aggression and momentum in the match. Maybe we need to maintain that level of fitness which is required in Tests.
He said many times during this that batting is a matter of concern. Dravid said, ‘In all these Test matches, our batting has not been good in the third innings. So in South Africa and here we could not capitalize on a good start. We definitely have to improve to be better.
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