Rahul Dravid, the stand-in head coach of Team India, had promised young players a chance in playing XI on the tour of Sri Lanka. India fielded four debutants in the 2nd T20I against Sri Lanka. When the former India player was asked about the quality of players in the squad, Rahul lauded the young guns.
Speaking to the broadcast Sony Sports Network, Dravid was asked to shed light on the players selected in the XI for the 2nd T20I.
“It has turned out that way [giving chances to youngsters]. We tried to do that in the ODIs as well, trying to give a few people a chance. [Leading the series 2-1, India had handed five debuts in the final ODI],” said the head coach.
The squad was categorised as a B-team or C-team, but Dravid stated that if a player is selected, he is always good enough to represent the country.
“I believe if you are selected to play for India, you should be good enough to be in the XI. I don’t think the selectors select you to warm the benches or for a holiday. At least, that’s not the message I have been given. Looking at each one of the 20 players who have been selected for this tour have got the sheer weight of performances,” said Dravid.
Dhananjaya de Silva scored an unbeaten 40 to carry Sri Lanka to a four-wicket win over India in the second Twenty20 international and keep the three-match series alive.
The series is now level 1-1 with the third and final game to be played on Thursday.