Going early to Australia to adjust to pace and bounce: Dravid

Indore: With a second-string India squad led by Shikhar Dhawan to take on South Africa in the upcoming three-match ODI series at home, it means that all the main members of the squad for the T20 World Cup were set to depart for Perth, where they will be based for a week to adjust to the Australian conditions.

India head coach Rahul Dravid had his say on the side departing early for Australia, explaining that being based in Perth will help the team adapt to the pace and bounce offered by the pitches in Australia, especially with nearly half of the side not having played a T20 game in the country before.

“We will get an opportunity to spend a few days and sessions in Perth and then have a couple of matches there. Australia is quite unique in terms of the pace and bounce on those wickets and a lot of our players have not played a lot of T20 cricket in Australia,” said Dravid in the post-match press conference after India lost third T20I by 49 runs to South Africa.

From the main squad, Harshal Patel and Deepak Hooda had toured Australia but as members of India U19 side in 2009 and 2013 respectively. Suryakumar Yadav and Arshdeep Singh haven’t had the experience of playing competitive cricket in the country. From the travelling reserves, leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi has never played cricket in Australia.

The same reasons were echoed by captain Rohit Sharma on departing early for Australia and being based in Perth for a week, where they will also play practice matches against Western Australia state team.

They open their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 23 at the MCG.

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