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Clash between domestic season and 'A' tours inevitable: Dravid

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Giving recreation time to more gamers has been the largest positive for India 'A' from 4-1 one-day series luck over England Lions, feels coach Rahul Dravid. "We were able to give a lot of people opportunities, from the likes of seniors like Rahane, Vihari and Rahul to some youngsters. We gave opportunities to some 20 [23] players. That was a real positive, that we were able to rotate the squad," mentioned Dravid on the end of the general fit of the series at Sports Hub on Thursday.

Batsmen from both teams found it difficult on some challenging pitches. Only one, Lions captain Sam Billings, could ranking a century within the series, within the opening fit and because the series improved, runs dried up greatly. "These wickets were challenging but I think they were not 125-wickets. Batsmen needed to apply themselves a little bit more. 240-250 were actually winning scores on these pitches. Today, we should have seen through the initial stage and put up a decent score," mentioned Dravid after his group went down through one wicket within the dead rubber.

Dravid used to be inspired with the best way the Indians fought back from difficult situations, like within the chases within the first and the fourth video games. "There were occasions when we were pushed to the walls and we always fought back. It was a lot tighter than 4-1. I think we just won the key moments," he mentioned.

During the India 'A' tour to New Zealand, there have been a debate about whether or not the India 'A' video games are depriving home teams of the products and services of a few in their key gamers for Ranji Trophy. But Dravid thinks the clash between home calendar and 'A' excursions is inevitable occasionally. "It's not easy to avoid the clash. In this series, we did not pick anyone involved in the Ranji Trophy knowing the importance of the quarterfinal, semifinal and the final. But we have to balance out the needs of some of the players. If we don't challenge our players at a level higher than domestic first-class level, how are we going to develop our players for international cricket?. A lot of the tours are reciprocal (Understanding between boards to send teams). We try to balance it out as much as possible but sometimes the clashes are inevitable. Taking the team to New Zealand, for example, was a fruitful experience. If their season clashes with our domestic season, we cannot avoid such a situation. If we want to develop our players, we need to challenge them at a level higher than domestic first-class cricket," mentioned Dravid.

KL Rahul used to be picked for the ultimate three fits of the series after his ban used to be lifted however the batsman struggled to hit shape and could organize handiest 55 runs however Dravid backed him to come good. "I have no doubt. He (Rahul) has got quality. He has shown that he can succeed at the international level. He is a proven performer. I'm not too worried about his form," he mentioned.

The top-scorer within the 1999 World Cup, Dravid expects a high-scoring tournament as England will get able to host the event after 20 years. "I think the wickets will be a lot different. The wickets in England have become very flat now. We were there with the 'A' team last year and 300 was scored regularly. It's going to be very different from 1999 when the dukes ball was used. Now it will be kookaburra and that too two new balls. It's going to be a high-scoring World Cup. I'm happy India are playing very good cricket and will be one of the favourites," added Dravid.

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