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‘We have to be realistic’: Rahul Dravid not reading too much from a series win over depleted New Zealand

By BetBarter Staff

November 22, 2021

India head coach Rahul Dravid has said the 3-0 T20I series win over New Zealand is a positive sign for team India but emphasized that one should not read too much from the result of the series given that New Zealand played the series just three days after competing in the 20-20 World Cup final. 

India put off their dissapointing run in the 20-20 campaign and dominated New Zealand. The Rohit Sharma-led side was without a few senior players like Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah but the team found new heroes, with the likes of Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, and Suryakumar Yadav doing well.

"It was a really good series win. Everyone played really well right through the series. It feels good, nice to start well. We are also quite realistic. We have to keep our feet on the ground and be a bit realistic about this win," Dravid said at the post-match presentation here.

New Zealand played the final of the 20-20 World Cup on November 14 and reached Jaipur within 24 hours to start preparation for the bilateral series. The visitors could not get enough time to adjust and acclimatize to the conditions. Dravid said it was certainly tough for New Zealand to switch on for the series after a gruelling schedule during the showpiece event.

"Not easy for New Zealand to play a World Cup final and then to turn up three days later and play three games in six days, was never going to be easy for them. It was nice from our perspective but we have to learn from this series and move forward.”

India will now play a two-match Test series against New Zealand starting on Thursday (November 25). Kane Willamson, Kyle Jamieson, and a few of the Test regulars will be back for the visitors.