India has registered their biggest Test win by 372 runs against New Zealand in the second test match of the series at Wankhede stadium. The home team bundled out the opposition for 162 runs in their second innings. Speaking after the game, Rahul Dravid was asked about the ‘headache’ for SA tour that India will have as so many of the non-regular test players are doing well in the absence of senior players.
Rahul Dravid replied that it was good to have such ‘headaches’ and that every player is seizing the opportunity whenever they are being given a chance. Dravid in his own words, “Yeah. It is a very good situation to be in. Obviously, we had a few injuries in the lead-up to this game as well, that is something we need to manage. We have been playing a lot of cricket. So managing the players physically, mentally is going to be a large part of my challenge”.
Mayank Agarwal and Shreyas Iyer made the most of the opportunity in the absence of regular openers K L Rahul and Rohit Sharma and has certainly made it difficult for the management for choosing the playing eleven for the SA test series.
“Its a good headache to have. Its nice to see the depth in the squad like you guys asked me earlier. Its nice to see a lot of young boys come through and perform well in whatever disciplines that we have given them the opportunity. There is great depth in the squad.”
“There is a great desire to do well and everyone is pushing each other. There is a lot of challenges in the squad. So that’s really nice to see. So yeah good headaches to have and I just hope we have more headaches like that and at times you might have to make difficult decisions and you know that’s just the way it is sometimes as long as we have clear communication with the players and we are explaining to them why then I don’t really see it as a problem”
Didn’t really thought about the follow on : Rahul Dravid
After New Zealand were bowled for 62 runs in their first innings, there was a belief that India may enforce a follow-on however India went in with batting. Dravid in his own words, “We knew we had a lot of time left in the game. So we didn’t really think about it too much. Also from the perspective of young batsmen in our side, and we just wanted to ensure that they get opportunities to bat on conditions like this. coming to Mumbai, playing on the red-soil wicket which as turn and bounce, we knew we might find ourselves in a situation in future where we might need to force the pace on the 4th or 5th day of the game with a turning ball”
The Indian team will now enjoy some free time with their families as the rescheduled South African tour will commence from the 26th of December.