India’s head coach Rahul Dravid has turned down the possibility of making changes in the playing XI in their final league stage match against the Netherlands, which will be played on Sunday (November 11).
Having semi-final berth already, there were speculations if the Men in Blue would plan to rest their key players ahead of the knockout round. However, Dravid has cleverly hinted about the lineup and burst the bubble.
Talking about the playing XI, the 50-year-old said the players are well rested as they got six days off between the two games. He also emphasised on the need to focus on the primary lineup to prepare them for the business end of the marquee event.
“We have had six days off since the last game. We are pretty well rested. The guys are in good shape. We have six days off and just one game before the semi-final, boys are rested, so that is all I will say,” Dravid said in the press-conference ahead of the match.
“We are at the pointy end of the tournament now. Right now it is about focusing on the guys who you think will be in the playing XI. That is the best possible place mentally and physically ahead of the semi-final and hopefully the final if we earn it,” he added.
Rahul Dravid’s future in jeopardy
Rahul Dravid’s coaching tenure with Team India will come to an end following the wrap-up of the 2023 World Cup. As per sources, BCCI aren’t seen to renew his contract and might search for new faces.
Former India cricketer VVS Laxman is the prime contender to replace Dravid for the prestigious role. However, Dravid can reapply for the position and then it will depend upon the new Selection Committee.
Dravid may also look to return to IPL commitments as the national duty involves a hectic schedule. After being away from his family for such a long period, he might want to take a break before a new job.