On Friday, 16th June, Former India’s captain Rahul Dravid said that Virat Kohli should keep away from making any changes to the current team for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final match against Pakistan on Sunday, 18th June.
India defeated Bangladesh by nine wickets stepping away to the final match. These two teams will be playing ICC final since earlier clash came in the final in 2007 T20 World Cup when India won by five runs.
Dravid said “I think Virat has to stick to what’s worked well for him. India loves chasing, we saw that today. They have got some really experienced players who have played in big pressure games, they know how to handle these kinds of situation and I think this is a tactic that works for them.”
Dravid added, “People might question why are you only getting 4.8 run average in the first 10 but you know that’s how they like to set up their innings with Rohit and Shikhar, knowing fully well that they have got the power at the back end of the likes of you know, Hardik Pandya, Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Jadeja.”
“So you know they have got some big power that can make up a lot of runs in the end as well, as long as they can keep wickets in hand, they play spin well through the middle as well. So look, I won’t change anything, India’s batting has been exceptional.”
Talking about the match against Bangladesh and they need in the final match against Pakistan, Dravid said “I think if you get Pakistan chasing in the final, anything above 280, you would be happy. Look if we have the batsmen in hand, and they do play the extra batsman, Kedar Jadhav, at 6 and they have Hardik Pandya at 7 and they have shown that he can be pushed up a little bit.”
“It will be a case of pushing one of up through the middle, Jadhav is a very good player against spin we know that he does take it on. And if you are in that position, I guess you could do that, push Pandya or Jadhav ahead of even Yuvraj and Dhoni and have a crack.”