India vs New Zealand: Not worried about Ajinkya’s form but you would like him to score more runs: Dravid

India
vs
New
Zealand
1st
Test:
Rachin
Ravindra,
Ajaz
Patel
defy
India
spinners
to
earn
draw
in
Kanpur

Rahane
scored
35
and
4
in
the
drawn
opening
Test
against
New
Zealand
and
his
average
throughout
the
12
games
this
year
is
less
than
20.

Asked
if
Rahane’s
poor
form
is
a
cause
for
concern
for
him,
Dravid
said:
“I
mean
you
don’t
get
worried.
Of
course,
you
would
like
more
runs
from
Ajinkya,
he
would
like
to
score
more
runs.

“He
is
a
quality
player
and
he
has
done
well
for
India
in
the
past.
He
is
one
of
those
guys
who
has
quality
and
experience
and
it’s
matter
of
a
game
when
he
would
like
to
turn
it
around
and
he
knows
that
and
we
know
that,”
the
legendary
batter
backed
one
of
his
senior
players.

Phenomenal achievement, says Dravid of Ashwin's featPhenomenal
achievement,
says
Dravid
of
Ashwin’s
feat

However,
with
Virat
Kohli
coming
back
in
the
next
game,
the
million
dollar
question
is
whom
to
drop
and
just
like
his
colleague
Vikram
Rathour,
Dravid
was
also
non-committal
but
did
say
that
the
decision
will
be
taken
once
the
skipper
joins
the
team.
Will
Shreyas
Iyer,
after
his
Man-of-the
Match
performance,
be
dropped
in
order
to
accommodate
Rahane?

“Look,
we
haven’t
decided
what
will
be
our
playing
XI
and
it’s
too
early.
At
least,
today
our
focus
was
on
this
game
and
when
we
go
to
Mumbai,
we
will
assess
the
conditions
and
check
people’s
fitness.
Virat
Kohli
will
join
us
so
we
have
to
discuss
with
him
also
and
then
take
a
decision,”
he
side-stepped
the
question.

Iyer’s
good
show
is
a
reflection
of
the
system

For
someone
who
has
built
up
the
national
team’s
pathways
structure
with
a
robust
U-19
and
India
A
system
in
place,
the
new
head
coach
is
pleased
as
punch
to
see
Shreyas
Iyer
come
up
trumps
on
his
Test
debut.

Iyer
scored
105
and
65
to
become
first
Indian
Test
debutant
to
hit
a
hundred
and
fifty
in
the
same
game.

“It’s
great
to
see
the
young
guys
come
through
perform
straightaway
on
debut
and
we
saw
that
with
one
or
two
of
the
players
in
T20
as
well
and
they
made
a
good
account
of
themselves,”
the
coach
said.

“A
young
kid
doing
well
in
1st
Test
for
India
and
it’s
not
only
a
good
reflection
of
that
person
(player)
but
also
a
good
reflection
of
the
system.
Fact
that
we
have
been
able
to
develop
not
just
India
A
but
also
he
has
played
for
Mumbai,
in
club
cricket,”
he
looked
at
the
broader
picture.

Dravid
had
no
hesitation
in
admitting
that
had
everyone
been
fit
and
available
Iyer
might
not
have
got
a
chance,
but
when
he
got
it,
he
had
grabbed
the
opportunity
with
both
hands.

“Shreyas
had
to
work
very
had
and
had
to
earn
it.
It
wasn’t
easy
for
him.
Of
course,
he
averages
over
50
in
first-class
cricket
but
he
hadn’t
played
first-class
cricket
played
for
3
years.
He
wouldn’t
have
made
the
level
if
we
haven’t
had
injuries
and
he
has
taken
it
(opportunity)
with
both
hands
and
shown
his
qualities,”
the
pleased
coach
stated.

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    of
    equation:
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    at
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    to
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    for
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    sporting
    pitch
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    lean
    patch
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    looked
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