Rahul Dravid
Aakash said that Dravid will have to create a culture where players play freely even in knockout matches.

Shikhar Dhawan-led Indian team is all set to travel to Sri Lanka for the upcoming limited-overs series which is scheduled to start from July 13. The Men in Blue will play three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals in Colombo.

Notably, former India captain and one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket, Rahul Dravid will also travel with the team as the head coach.

In the absence of regular head coach Ravi Shastri, who is currently in England with Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and other key players for the five-match Test series against Joe Root’s men, Dravid was given the responsibility to coach the limited-overs squad.

While the senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been named as Dhawan’s deputy for the Sri Lanka series, six uncapped players have been given chance in the 20-member squad.

During a virtual media interaction ahead of the Sri Lanka tour, Dravid was asked if performance in the series could open doors for youngsters to be included in the squad for the T20 World Cup later this year.

Replying to the question, the 48-year-old said, “This tour is crucial for youngsters like Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad. They would be extremely keen to do well and set a marker for the selectors.

“Whether they get picked for the World Cup or not, that’s a call that the selectors and the Indian team management would take based on their plans and strategies,” Dravid told the reporters. 

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