Rahul Dravid explains Karthik’s role in Team India, justifies skipper Rohit’s decision to skip SA series

India cricket head coach Rahul Dravid has explained why it was important for captain Rohit Sharma to take a break in the team’s upcoming T20I series against South Africa at home. Some pundits felt that Rohit should have continued playing after the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 and led the team in all five T20Is against Proteas. Rohit was rested from the T20I series along with other senior players like Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.

Indian players will return to action for the first time since the conclusion of the IPL 2022 on May 29. The squad members had a short break in between before congregating in New Delhi for the series opener at Arun Jaitely Stadium on Thursday. (09 June). In Rohit’s absence, KL Rahul will lead the team against Temba Bavuma’s men.

Explaining why it was crucial for Rohit to take a break, Dravid said the Indian skipper is an all-format player and needs to be given enough rest to ensure he is fit and fresh for the challenges. coming. The Indian head coach insisted that there will be times when the team will have to rest its best players for a particular series in order to manage its workload.

“Rohit is our all-format player. It would be unwise to expect everyone to be available all the time. We want them to be fit and fresh too. There would be times when we had to rest our great players,” Dravid answered when asked by a reporter about Rohit at the presser on Tuesday.

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Rahul Dravid on Dinesh Karthik’s return:

Veteran wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik has managed to make his return to the Indian team after a long gap of three years thanks to his performances for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the recently concluded IPL 2022. Karthik was phenomenal as a finisher for his team and played a number of crucial knockdowns in order.

The veteran hitter went on to amass 330 runs in 16 games with an average of 55 and a brilliant 183.33 strike rate to impress the selectors and make his return to the Indian team. He last played for India in the ODI World Cup in 2019. Asked about his return, Dravid said Karthik will play a very clear role in the finishing matches team while beating the order .

“With Dinesh, the role is clear. At the end of the game, he can make the difference. That’s why he was chosen, to play in these positions and also deliver for India,” said Dravid.

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India will face South Africa in the first T20I in Delhi on Thursday before traveling to Cuttack for the second match on Sunday (June 12). The next three matches will be played in Vizag, Rajkot and Bengaluru respectively. India are currently on an 11 game unbeaten streak in T20I and hope to keep the winning streak intact on Thursday.

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