Rahul Dravid drops big hint ahead of Afghanistan match in T20 World Cup, says… |

NEW DELHI: Rahul Dravidthe head coach of the Indian team, hinted at the possibility of selecting either Kuldeep Yadav Or Yuzvendra Chahal in the starting lineup for their next T20 World Cup Super Eight match against Afghanistan.
The match is scheduled to take place on Thursday in Bridgetown, Barbados, and conditions there appear to favor the spinners. In their previous matches at the Nassau County Stadium in New York, India depended primarily on their bowling attack due to the inconsistent bounce offered by drop-in pitches, which proved advantageous for the fast bowlers. However, the conditions in Barbados seem more suited to the inclusion of a wrist spinner in the playing XI.
“It’s hard to leave anyone out. New York had…slightly different pace conditions. We might need something different here (in Barbados). Yuzi (Chahal) or Kuldeep (Yadav ) could be used here,” Dravid said, while interacting with the media on the eve of the Super Eight game.
“We are fortunate to have all-rounders. We had eight batters but we (also) had seven bowling options,” he added.
According to PTI, Dravid also mentioned that the Indian team will adapt their batting order depending on the circumstances of the match. He stressed the importance of being versatile and making adjustments as needed.
“Every situation is unique. I can’t write it in stone. I believe in flexibility. In the Pakistan match, we moved Axar (Patel), thinking about it specifically… Rishabh (Pant) up of order (at No. 3), there’s a lot of thinking to do I don’t think in Tests (cricket), we’ll have that flexibility. In T20s where it’s a lot of matchups, that. occurs more (flexibility in batting stance).
In cricket terminology, a “match-up” refers to a situation in which a specific bowler or batter dominates a particular player from the opposing team.
India found themselves in a precarious position at 19/2, with their best batsmen, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, dismissed early in a critical encounter against their arch-rivals Pakistan.
To counter this setback, the team management made a strategic decision to promote Axar to fourth in the batting order. In his elevated role, Axar contributed valuable 20 runs from 18 deliveries, helping to stabilize the Indian innings during the championship match.
Dravid also expressed his pleasure at arriving in the West Indies for the Super Eights leg of the tournament.
“It’s nice to come to the Caribbean and play cricket. A few training sessions. We are prepared. Afghanistan are a very dangerous team. Their players play more leagues than our players. It’s not not a team to take lightly. Rightly so in Super 8.”

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