Rahul Dravid-coached Team India recently suffered a seven-wicket disappointing loss against South Africa in the second Test Match in Johannesburg. The Proteas went on to level the series with the win. South Africa captain Dean Elgar produced a match-winning knock (96*), which led to the hosts chasing a 240-run target with ease on Day 4 at the Wanderers. The former Indian selector Saba Karim has now insisted that Rahul Dravid and co. need to prepare for the new Test cycle and ensure whether or not the “harsh steps” should be taken if India want to qualify for the World Test Championship final.
Rahul Dravid might have to take harsh steps following the defeat
Saba Karim noted how Virat Kohli was forced to miss the second Test due to a back spasm, and India’s middle-order struggles continued in the first innings as Cheteshwar Pujara (1) and Ajinkya Rahane (0) were dismissed cheaply.
The duo did score important half-centuries in the second innings, former Indian selector state that it isn’t enough for them to secure their respective places in the XI. Karim says that both players have abundant experience and they can easily score 40-50 runs at certain intervals.
He further raised the question of taking ‘harsh steps’ for the welfare of the team. Even if that makes Dravid and Co. sit out some crucial players and make drastic changes.
“We have to prepare for the new Test cycle. We have to qualify for the finals. Do you need to take those harsh steps if you want to reach there? This is what Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli and the selectors. (They need to decide) whether the batting order with which we are playing is giving us the full value or not, can we bring some youngsters in their place who has good experience in domestic cricket, will he add more value or not,” said Karim.
“Whether it is Rahane or Pujara, they will score runs sometimes because they obviously have experience. But we need to think if they are doing enough and whether any other player can deliver better than them,” he added.
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