Rahul Dravid expressed satisfaction with the available options as India gears up for the T20I WC, emphasizing the significance of closely observing IPL performances to identify potential squad additions.

The recently concluded T20I series against Afghanistan served as India’s final opportunity to experiment before the T20 World Cup in June. Head coach Rahul Dravid noted that despite the trials, there are still vacant slots in the team. Dravid emphasized close monitoring of players during the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) to make decisions based on their performances.

With limited team fixtures before the T20 World Cup, the IPL becomes crucial for evaluating player form and determining the necessary slots to fill.

“We’ve had different people play after the last ODI World Cup for a variety of reasons. But I think it’s just nice to see that there are some options who have put their hand up, and certainly shown that they’ve got skills to address. Some areas we might need some addressing in, and we were thinking about it,” Dravid said in his post-match press conference.

“Unfortunately, we really won’t have much cricket as a team anymore. We will obviously have the IPL, and you know, everyone will be watching closely to see how some of those guys play and what are the slots we need to fill in the team,” he added.

Shivam Dube, named Player of the Series against Afghanistan, impressed coach Dravid with his improved performance after returning to the team.

India’s wicketkeeper position also offers several options, including Jitesh, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul, and the recovering Rishabh Pant. Dravid remained open to all possibilities and emphasized the need to observe performances in the coming months before making decisions.

“We’ve got quite a few keeping options out there. We saw a couple of guys in this game. There’s Sanju, Kishan and Rishabh, I mean, we have all these guys. We’ll just have to see how things pan out over the next few months and make a decision on what we think is the best way to go,” the former skipper added.

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