India head coach Rahul Dravid does not hesitate to admit that Wednesday’s World Cup semi-final against New Zealand will be a high-pressure game and there are no guarantees even after a near-flawless performance in the nine-match series. “I would be authentic if I say that there will be no pressure in the semi-final. You have no guarantees of winning any cricket match. All you can do is prepare the best you can and yes we’re doing that,”
ravid told Star Sports after India’s 160-run win over the Netherlands. It’s two good games now and everything could come to a head if India lose to a team that has given them so much grief in 2019.
“When he goes well he looks good. One loss and everyone says you don’t know anything,” Dravid quipped when told how the broadcasters were analyzing his performance in league games.
Dravid was delighted with how Shreyas Iyer showed consistency at the end of the tournament.
“Shreyas Iyer is the backbone of our middle-order, and we all know how difficult it has been for us to find a good No. 4 batsman in the last 10 years,” Dravid said.
Rohit’s men topped the league standings with 18 points and face fourth-placed New Zealand on November 15 in Mumbai in the first semi-final.
“Very happy with how we played in these nine games. Very clinical from game one to today,” he said.
The best feature of India’s campaign has been the overall performance of the team in which every eleven players have made it at some point or another.
“Different individuals have been able to stand up and put their hands up and do the job. Everyone wanted to take the responsibility.
“We started the tournament four games in a row chasing, and then we had to bat first and the pacers did the work along with the spinners.” Rohit said his team did not look too far ahead and took it one game at a time.
“Since we started the tournament, it was all about one game at a time. We didn’t want to look too far ahead. It’s a long tournament, 11 games if we go all the way,” he said.
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