Although it wasn’t something head coach Rahul Dravid had anticipated, six captains guiding Indian teams across formats in a period of eight months isn’t anything he’s moaning about because it offers a chance to develop more leaders inside the squad.
Due to the COVID-19-related bubble breaks, parallel series staged in nations, and injury-induced interruptions, India has had Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, and Hardik Pandya as national captains since Dravid took over in November following the T20 World Cup. Before the start of the sixth game, Dravid told Star Sports,
“It’s been hard as well. We have had six captains in the previous eight months, which honestly wasn’t the intention when I started, but it’s the nature of the amount of games we are playing. The “Wall” acknowledged that the circumstances demand that one recognise the reality of the situation. “Due to the nature of COVID, I have had to collaborate with a lot of people.
It’s been a lot of fun. Many other guys have the chance to take the lead, and we have the chance to develop additional leaders within the group, he said, looking on the bright side of things. Although it was sad to lose the Test and ODI series in South Africa, the goal has been to improve in every way.
“We have tried a number of different individuals and have always worked to improve. In terms of Test cricket, touring South Africa over the past eight months has been rather disappointing, he added. Dravid is pleased with the rising bowling talent brought on by the IPL.
“However, our white ball cricket has been strong, demonstrating the team’s character. During the IPL, it was amazing to witness the quick bowling skill we had, especially considering how few bowlers could bowl at such a high rate of pace. He sounded upbeat as he said,
“A lot of young people got a chance to show off their abilities, and a lot of them came out excellent. That is very positive indicators for Indian cricket, exciting days ahead.