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Rahul Dravid reflects on Indore Test defeat ahead of series decider

India’s head coach, Rahul Dravid, has acknowledged that his team needs to improve in both the batting and bowling departments despite being in a commanding position in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India is leading the four-match Test series 2-1, and a win in the fourth match will see them through to the finals of the World Test Championship. Dravid emphasized the need to work on both areas of the game ahead of the fourth Test.

Dravid pointed out India’s batting struggles in the first innings of the third Test in Indore, where they scored a paltry 109 runs, which he believes was not good enough. He believes that India should have scored at least 60-70 more runs to put pressure on Australia. Dravid also highlighted that the bowlers leaked some extra runs in the first innings, which was not ideal in those conditions.

The former Indian cricketer acknowledged that pitches all over the world have become more challenging in the last three to four years, and India needs to be realistic about what the benchmark should be in these testing conditions. He also added that the think tank should be realistic in their assessment of the batsmen’s averages and numbers, as one good inning can change the complexion of the match.

Dravid believes that the team should focus on improving both batting and bowling departments to ensure a victory in the series-deciding match. India cannot afford any other result as a win in the fourth Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad will take them to the finals of the World Test Championship.

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