Ashwin not on trial, no threat to Surya’s place: Rahul Dravid

New Delhi: Unusually outspoken head coach Rahul Dravid has insisted that a cricketer of Ravichandran Ashwin’s caliber should not be “prosecuted”.
In contrast, someone with remarkable talent like Suryakumar Yadav doesn’t have to worry about cementing his place in the World Cup squad. Dravid made these comments on the eve of the three-match ODI series against Australia in Mohali.

Ashwin has been included in the squad along with Washington Sundar as a possible replacement for Axar Patel if the spin-bowling all-rounder is unable to recover from his quadriceps tear.

While this ODI series has been framed as a contest between Ashwin and Washington, Dravid has avoided using the word “trial” for a cricketer with Ashwin’s extensive experience and reputation.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a test or anything (for Ashwin), we know his quality. It’s a chance for him to play in this format and we just want to give him a chance to play two or three These are games,” Dravid said during the media conference.
Dravid said, “If we have a player like Ashwin, who we can rely on if someone gets injured, then it is a blessing for us. It is a good opportunity for him to test himself because he has not played 50 overs for a long time.” Haven’t played cricket yet.” Said about the bowler, who has 151 ODI wickets to his name in 113 matches but has played only two 50-over games for India in the last six years.
If Axar is unable to do so, Ashwin with his years of experience would be an ideal candidate to bat at No. 8.
“Someone like Ashwin gives you that experience, that ability to contribute with the bat even at No. 8. Someone who we always thought if some opportunities open up, he is someone who can contribute. “Definitely part of your plans.” Dravid explained the logic behind calling Ashwin to play in this format after 19 months.

In the case of Suryakumar, ‘Deewar’ was more or less optimistic, with the team fully backing the T20 legend to do well in an edition where he averages less than 25 in 27 ODIs.
So, should Surya be worried about September 27, the day India will announce its final 15 players for the World Cup?
An outspoken person said, “I don’t think Surya needs to worry about the 27th. That’s why we haven’t picked our team for the World Cup, and Surya is in it and we have decided to do that and we are proud of it.” Fully support.” Dravid supporting the Mumbai right-handed batsman.
“We back him (Surya) because he has the quality and ability that we have seen. Yes, we know, we have seen it in T20 cricket at the moment, but we know what kind of impact a player like him can make. Can. He can.” Change the course of the game and we fully support them, we are clear about that,” Dravid said.
The coach said that Surya will play the first two games, if not all three, and he is confident that he will perform well.

“There is complete clarity on the fact that we are fully behind him and hopefully he will be able to turn it around.
“Hopefully, he is someone who will get these three games and at least the first couple will definitely be able to develop and continue his journey as an ODI cricketer. But in terms of selection, we have taken our decision Is.”
It has also been revealed that the fast bowling unit will be rotated during the series to keep them fresh for the major event, with the team management resting both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.
“Especially, from our point of view, it’s really important to get guys like Virat and Rohit into that World Cup in the physical and mental space they want to be in. They know how they need to prepare themselves.” And many of these decisions have been made in discussions with them,” he clarified.
The team management makes exceptions for senior players, who have their own routine and know their bodies well.
“The senior and more experienced guys have their own routine and they know how they want to prepare before a big event like the World Cup.
He said, “I think based on those discussions, we took a mutual decision to move forward and be mentally refreshed more than anything else. They will come back to Rajkot and then we will have a tough few months ahead.” Will be.” Close.
(With PTI inputs)

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