Rahul Dravid on defeat: "I think it's very difficult for Indian cricket because .."
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India head coach Rahul Dravid commented on his team's big defeat against England and the challenges ahead. "It's tough. I think it's very difficult for Indian cricket because a lot of these tournaments happen right in the peak of our season," Dravid said, as quoted by cricbuzz.com "I think it's a huge challenge for us.
Yes, I think a lot of our boys maybe do miss out on the opportunities of playing in a lot of these leagues, but if you were to... it's really up to the BCCI to make that decision, but the thing is it's right in the middle of our season, and with the kind of demand there would be for Indian players, if you allowed all the Indian players to play in these leagues, we would not have a domestic cricket.
Our domestic trophy, our Ranji Trophy would be finished, and that would mean Test cricket would be finished."
He calls for caution. "I know a lot of people talk about it, but we have to be very careful... We have to understand the challenges that Indian cricket faces or the BCCI would face in a situation like this.
You'd see all our boys...like a lot of boys being asked to play leagues right bang in the middle of our season. We've seen what that's done to West Indian cricket, and I would definitely not want Indian cricket to go that way.
It would certainly affect our Ranji Trophy; it would affect Test cricket. Indian boys playing Test cricket is pretty important for the Test game, as well, I would think." Jos Buttler and Alex Hales were great, and the coach of the opposing teams decided to praise the great duo.
"We knew the key to the game obviously was to try and take that opening partnership as early as we could. We tried to attack a little bit with our lengths up front. We thought that was a tactic. They played that really well," Dravid said.