CAPE TOWN: India’s head coach Rahul Dravid on Sunday admitted that his team didn’t play “smart cricket at crucial times” but backed the beleaguered KL Rahul to get better as a leader in coming days.
India lost both the Test and ODI series in what turned out to be a disastrous tour of South Africa despite a bright start in the opening Test at Centurion, which the team won comprehensively.
“He did a good job. It’s not easy to end on the wrong side of the result,” Dravid said when asked how he found Rahul as a leader, having lost all four games that he captained on tour.
“He is just starting out and I think he did a very decent job. He will constantly get better as he captains,” the head coach batted for the young skipper.
Dravid felt that “execution of skills” was lacking in all the three ODIs that India lost.
The series, according to Dravid, is a “good eye opener” but there is still a lot of time before the 2023 ODI World Cup, and India should be getting better in the near future. —PTI