World Cup 2023: As the world’s cricketing eyes focus intently on the upcoming World Cup 2023, Indian Head Coach Rahul Dravid shared enlightening details during a press conference, addressing several burning topics, including the choice of wicketkeeper for the marquee tournament.

Prepping After the ODI Series with Australia:

India, fresh from their ODI series with Australia, has their sights set on the ensuing World Cup. Their preparations will intensify with two imminent practice matches. The much-anticipated clash between India and Australia in Chennai is scheduled for the 8th of September. Dravid provided some sneak peeks into the team’s strategies and mindset going into this crucial encounter.

The Wicketkeeping Conundrum – KL Rahul:

World Cup 2023: The question of who would don the gloves in the World Cup has been a topic of fervent discussion. Addressing KL Rahul’s recent performance, Dravid expressed, “KL’s dual role, both behind the stumps for all 50 overs and his commendable batting display, makes him a strong contender.” He further praised Shreyas Iyer, noting his century and the vital 48-run knock. Rahul’s two consecutive half-centuries during the ODI series also got a special mention. Emphasizing the importance of maintaining momentum, Dravid said, “Continual improvement will be our motto going into the World Cup.”

Possible Changes in the Squad:

The cricketing fraternity is abuzz with speculations about potential changes in the World Cup squad. Responding to this, Dravid stated, “Any official changes would be communicated appropriately. As of now, no alterations have been made.” He refrained from commenting on interactions between the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and Chief Selector Ajit Agarkar. However, the noteworthy absence is Axar Patel, who due to an injury, has made way for the seasoned off-spinner, Ravi Ashwin.

Post Third Match Insights:

World Cup 2023: Rahul Dravid, while reflecting on the third match, emphasized the significance of match-time for the players. “It’s heartening to see players like Jassi, which is an affectionate nickname for Jasprit Bumrah, deliver a full spell. Siraj’s return to form and Ashwin’s splendid bowling, especially in the second ODI against Australia where he dismissed three batsmen, are all positive signs,” Dravid pointed out.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul

As the World Cup edges closer, these revelations from the head coach have given fans and analysts much to ponder. The decisions made in the coming days will play a pivotal role in shaping India’s campaign in the mega event.