“Hardik is a fantastic cricketer with both bat and ball – we have seen that for India in the past obviously,” Dravid stated. “He has been very profitable in white-ball cricket and has proven some actually good kind on this IPL as nicely. So it is very pleasing to have somebody of that high quality that we will select from.
“Without giving an excessive amount of away – I’m not going to be telling the batting order earlier than the sport begins – however normally, generally the function that you simply play to your franchise matches with the function that you simply play for India, however generally you must play barely completely different roles for various groups.
“And it’s not only about Hardik. For all the players, some of the roles they played for their IPL franchises might be slightly different to the roles that we are expecting here based on our team combination.”
Dravid was requested if he seen any distinction in Hardik after the IPL. “I just met him a couple of hours ago,” he laughed, “as we had given the guys who played in the IPL final an extra day off at home. So I’m not sure what I can tell you. I just said hello to the guy.”
“Obviously his leadership was very impressive right through the IPL,” Dravid stated, “but you don’t have to be designated as a leader to be part of any leadership group. At this point of time, it’s a good thing from our perspective that he has started bowling again. We know what that does for us, what kind of depth that brings to the side. So really, for us, it’s about ensuring that we can get the best out of him as a cricketer in terms of his bowling, his batting, and in terms of his overall contribution.”
But over the previous couple of years, even in T20 cricket, it has been seen that India’s high three choose to take their time to calm down as a substitute of attacking proper from the beginning. Irrespective of who bats within the high three, Dravid expects them to be able to enjoying all types of roles as per the calls for of the match state of affairs and the pitch.
“We know our high three’s high quality. It’s a top-class high three that we play repeatedly. Obviously, we’ve got a barely completely different high three on this explicit collection, however any high three that performs, what we’re in search of is nice constructive begins, and enjoying what the state of affairs and that wicket calls for. If it is a high-scoring sport, clearly you need your folks to have the ability to keep that stage of strike charge.
“There could be other situations where the wicket might be a bit more challenging, you might lose a few wickets, you need to adapt, so you need to be able to respond to that as well. But in general, in T20 cricket, you want people to play positively and I think these guys have got that quality. Each one of them can play all of the roles as and when required. As I said earlier, their roles at the franchise level might be slightly different but we will certainly be giving them a lot of clarity as to what their roles are for India, and what our expectations are. And I’m pretty confident that anyone we pick in the top three would be able to play all the roles required, depending on the situation of the match and the pitch.”