India coach Rahul Dravid described captain Rohit Sharma as an exceptional leader despite the team’s six-wicket defeat by Australia in the World Cup final that ended their 10-match winning streak in the tournament.Darvid the former Indian skipper said so at the post match press briefing after the final game at Ahmedabad Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday .
Dravid always very cool and calm charector during his cricket days as well as a coach and he answered questions smoothly and never got angry after the defeat at World Cup final.
Batting more aggressively than ever before, Rohit played a crucial role during the World Cup by giving his team explosive starts in the powerplay overs to help them arrive in Ahmedabad for the final as firm favourites on the back of a stellar run. There was very clear and good environmental at the dressing room before the final .
“Rohit’s batting was fantastic, the way he set the tone for us. “We wanted to play a positive attacking brand of cricket,” Dravid told reporters. and he was very committed to doing that.
“He wanted to lead by example. I thought right through the tournament, he was quite superb in doing that. I just can’t speak more highly of him as a person and as a leader.”
India were reduced to 81-3 after Rohit made a 31-ball 47 and Dravid said the team fell 30-40 runs short of a competitive total as Australia chased down their target with seven overs to spare thanks to Travis Head’s 137.
I thought Australians bowled well through that period,” Dravid said. “It felt like the ball was stopping in the afternoon a little bit more than it did in the evening.
We were rotating the strike, but we weren’t able to hit those boundaries.” India scored only 43 runs in their last ten overs ( 40-50) and Aussies put pressure on them.
Dravid, who was tight-lipped about his future, said the team would reflect on their campaign after the dust settles.
“There were a lot of emotions in that dressing room. It was tough to see as a coach, because I know how hard these guys have worked, what they’ve put in and the sacrifices they’ve made,” Dravid added.
Today was a bad day for the boys at the office. The quality of cricket we played, we are proud of the team and boys. We ran a very good campaign,” Dravid added.
Dravid said a total of 290 could have been ideal on the pitch which was slow initially .
If we would have got 280-290, could have been a different game. But with 240, we knew one partnership and things could change,” he explained.
The tenure of Dravid and his support staff was till the end of the World Cup, but it’s not clear whether the Indian board will renew or extend their contracts. Dravid was asked about his future, but evaded a direct reply.
“Honestly, I haven’t thought about it. I think all our campaign, all our energies were focused on this tournament, and focused . And I haven’t actually given it any thought. I have no idea of what’s going to happen in the future,” added Coach Rahul Dravid the former Indian No.3 batsman .