Jasprit Bumrah will be missed, says Team India coach Rahul Dravid

Wednesday, 5 October 2022 (09:51 IST)
Indore: Team India Head Coach Rahul Dravid said Jaspreet Bumrah will be missed and along with it his personality around the group.

"It happens, but it is a great opportunity for someone to stand up. We will miss him, we will miss his personality around the group for sure," he said in a post-match presentation ceremony here.

India lost the third T20I by 49 runs to South Africa, but won the series 2-1.

On Dinesh Karthik's promotion, Dravid said the needed match-practice in the batting department and at one stage, both Rishabh Pant and Karthik, could have clinched the game for India with their aggressive batting.

"I think today was an opportunity to give these guys some batting. It is tough on guys like Dinesh and Rishabh who don’t get too many hits in the middle. I felt they were batting really well at one moment, had they played longer we might have got closer," he said.

"I feel batting at 6, it’s always tough when you have to bat just 5-10 balls, so it’s always nice to get a few balls under their belt like they did today," he added.

Dravid also lauded Harshal Patel and the rest of the lower order for batting really well.

Giving a message ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia, Dravid hopes India does well and towards which, the players are working hard.

"In tournaments like those, you need to play really well but we need a bit of luck as well. We hope to bring smiles to people’s faces. I think since crowds have been allowed into stadiums, we have got great support everywhere we have gone and the boys are really encouraged by that support. We will have that in Australia as well, we will try our best," he said.

On India's aggressive batting, Dravid said, "We have made a decision after the last T20 World Cup where we sat down as a group and decided to play more positively. We believe we have the quality as a group to play more aggressively, we have been able to do that without being bowled out too often." (UNI)

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