IND vs AUS: “Emphasis and focus on close-in catching, slip fielding” – Rahul Dravid on Team India’s preparations for the first test
In preparation for the first test match against Australia, which kicks off here in India on February 9, the Indian squad is concentrating on field work, especially catching slips, according to head coach Rahul Dravid on Sunday.
The four-game Border-Gavaskar Trophy series between India and Australia, which kicks off on February 9 at VCA Stadium in Jamtha, Nagpur, has increased the intensity of the Indian team’s preparations.
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Rahul Dravid stated that at the team’s training camp here ahead of the four-game test series, the team is trying to tighten the slip cordon because the
“Everyone looks really good. It’s nice to get the Test team back together. We’ve had a lot of white-ball cricket in the last month,” Rahul Dravid said in a video posted to Twitter by the BCCI.
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“Some of those guys, transitioning from white ball to red ball, it’s nice for them to just have that longer period in the nets. The surfaces were also very good,” said Rahul Dravid.
“We’ve had some really long sessions”: Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid said there was little time for player development and it was exciting to start the series a week early.
“We’ve had some very long sessions. I think it’s very exciting as coaching staff because you don’t actually get times like this because of the amount of cricket we play. You don’t actually get time to do a camp or you can get a longer period of time where you work with players and build up to the Test series.” Rahul Dravid said in a video posted to Twitter by the BCCI.
India have won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in the last three Test matches – at home in 2016–17, in Australia in 2018–19 and in 2020–21 – all by a score of 2–1 over the course of a four-match series.
The opening test will be played on February 9 at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur.
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