Dubai: India head coach Rahul Dravid isn’t worried about his star batsman Virat Kohli’s run count, he cares more about the impact his contribution will make to the team’s cause. Batting at the third order, Kohli’s poor rhythm and low strike-rate have been questioned many times. However, like many times, Dravid defended the former India captain this time too.
Dravid said on the eve of the match against Pakistan, “He (Kohli) is also coming back after a break, it is good to see that he is playing afresh. He is looking forward to playing all these matches. He got a chance to spend time in the field and hopefully he will do better from here on.”
Dravid once again tried to convey that Kohli’s rhythm is not a cause for concern for him. He appealed to the people not to pay too much attention to the statistics of any one player. “For us, it doesn’t really matter how many runs he scores,” Dravid said. Especially with Virat, people get a little obsessed with his stats.
For us, it’s not really about him. It is about the contribution made by him at different stages of the game. Even a small innings can make a big difference in T20s. Regarding Rishabh Pant, who was out of the last match against Pakistan, he said that he is not the first option for the wicketkeeper.
Referring to the T20 World Cup, he said, “There is no first-choice wicketkeeper in the team. We play according to the conditions, the conditions of the field and the opponent team and choose the best XI accordingly. There cannot be a first-choice playing XI for each position. It will vary. That day against Pakistan, we felt Dinesh (Karthik) was the right choice for us.”