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Rahul Dravid Says, Lack Of Red-Ball Cricket Makes Indian Batting A Work In Progress

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| October 9 , 2018 , 19:47 IST

Indian batting legend and U-19 coach Rahul Dravid on Tuesday revealed that India have a lot of depth in white-ball cricket but conceded that the lack of red-ball practice makes their long-form batting a work in progress.

The former Indian captain said that the more amount of white-ball cricket practice makes the Indians perform well in One-day International (ODI) and Twenty20 formats.

According to media reports Dravid said, "It's the amount of white-ball cricket and, therefore, the hours of short-format training that make the Indians so good in one-day international and Twenty20 International cricket. Not to forget the bench strength, which is quite well rounded."

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The batting legend on India's batting form in England also said, "Work constantly needs to happen. It is not a one-time thing or a two-year thing."

"I think it is important to tighten the process or programme that exists at U-19 and A team levels. Make it more robust. Make sure there are opportunities every year," he said.

Dravid conceded India's batting depth in white-ball cricket. "There is now a path for people who do well in the Ranji Trophy. I definitely feel that in white-ball cricket we have a lot of depth, largely due to the amount of white-ball cricket that is played. In red-ball cricket, we have talent and decent backups, but again it is a work in progress."

Rahul Dravid is presently the coach of India A side and India Under-19 teams, he has 13,228 Test runs to his name and is placed fourth in the list of leading run-getters of all time.