After New Zealand, India were the second victim of the ‘Bazball’ philosophy. Meanwhile, when India’s head coach, Rahul Dravid, was asked to share his thoughts on the ‘Bazball’ cricket, he had no clue about it.
Following Brendon McCullum’s appointment as England’s red-ball head coach, he has revamped the team’s mentality and style of play.
Less than a year ago, the English side had lost Ashes 0-4. In March, they lost to West Indies 0-1. From then till now, with changes in leadership and coaching, they managed to win four consecutive Test matches.
Under McCullum, they adopted a new aggressive approach. England don’t settle for a draw but rather goes for the win irrespective of the target on the board.
This philosophy of aggressive display is known as ‘Bazball,’ and it’s working for the team.
In the post-match press conference, Rahul Dravid was asked to opine his views on the new concept, and he came up with an unexpected reply.
Reporter: People are talking a lot about Bazball. Some say this will change cricket entirely. As a coach, what is your take on Bazball?
Rahul Dravid (With a smirk on his face): I don’t know what’s that.
Although despite being clueless about the concept, he went on to praise England’s cricket.
He said, “I would say that the kind of cricket they have been playing in the last few months has been really good. They have been good at chasing. Chasing a target is not easy in the fourth innings in England. Whatever brand of cricket team wants to play depends a lot on the players and the form they are in presently. You play a more positive game when the players are in good form, as we did in that innings where Pant and Jadeja batted well.”