IND vs BAN: ‘I hope Rahul Dravid can rally his players’: Brian Lara’s concerns for Team India

Brian Lara and Rahul Dravid

Former West Indies cricketer Brian Lara offered valuable advice to India team manager Rahul Dravid ahead of the start of the T20 World Cup 2024 in the West Indies and the United States. Brian Lara urged Rahul Dravid to devise a plan for the final stages of the upcoming tournament to end his ICC trophy drought.

Rahul Dravid’s tenure as head coach will end after the T20 World Cup. The 51-year-old failed to guide the team to an ICC trophy during his tenure. India reached the semi-finals of the 2022 T20 World Cup, the final of the 2023 World Test Championship and the 2023 ODI World Cup, but failed to secure the title.

Rahul Dravid will get his last chance to break the Indian cricket team’s trophy drought and conclude his coaching tenure on a positive note. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently invited applications for the head coach post, but the former cricketer reportedly did not apply for another position.

I hope Rahul Dravid can reunite his players – Brian Lara

Speaking to Star Sports, Brian Lara expressed concern over the lack of a final plan by India during previous ICC events. Lara highlighted the importance of India having a clear strategy to win the World Cup, despite having many superstars in their squad.

“The Indian team, looking from the outside, in previous Cups, be it T20 or 50-overs, I feel like they are missing that final plan in terms of how they are going to perform. It doesn’t matter how many superstars you have; “It matters how you are going to win this World Cup, what plans you are going to have and how you are going to structure your tackles or your attack.”

“I hope Rahul Dravid can bring his players together and come up with a plan for India to win the T20 World Cup.” Lara said.

Team India to start World Cup campaign on June 5

The Rohit Sharma-led team reached the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup 2022, but was defeated by eventual champions England. The Men in Blue won the T20 World Cup during the inaugural edition under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. They have only reached the final once in the following seven editions.

India is placed in Group A, along with Pakistan, Ireland, the United States and Canada. India begins its T20 World Cup campaign on June 5 against Ireland at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York. The much-awaited match between India and Pakistan is scheduled for June 9 at the same venue.

The Rohit Sharma-led team last played a T20 international in January at home. The Indian cricket team will play a warm-up match against Bangladesh on June 1 in New York ahead of the T20 World Cup.

Team India: Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh , Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Siraj. Bookings: Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Khaleel Ahmed, Avesh Khan

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