On the eve of the T20 World Cup Super 12 match against Bangladesh at the Adelaide Oval, India Head Coach Rahul Dravid addressed a press conference on Tuesday and provided an update on Dinesh Karthik injury concern. The wicketkeeper-batter left the field in the final few overs of the clash against South Africa dur to some back discomfort. Dravid told that he will have to be assessed before the start of their game on Wednesday and to see if he is fit to participate.
“He has pulled up really well today. Unfortunately, he had a spasm when he jumped to collect the ball and he landed badly and landed in a way that he did his back a little bit. But, with treatment, he has pulled up really well, and he has come to training. We will be assessing it and we will see how it goes. We will put him through his paces and ensure we have given him a good workout and see how he goes tomorrow morning and we will take a final decision,” said Dravid.
There are also some questions around DK’s form who scored only 6 runs off 15 balls against South Africa. He had a chance to go big after being set but could not perform as per the expectations of the fans. Talking about Karthik’s form, Dravid said: “You know it is tough to assess with someone like DK on how he has gone, you don’t get to play many balls. He faced just one ball in the backend of the game against Pakistan, he did not bat against the Netherlands. We thought he sort of built a really good partnership with SKY against South Africa, we needed that.”
“It was set up for him, but again that is the nature of the game, you play a high-risk shot and you can get out doing that. This is why you need to be supportive as much as we can in this format. Batting at No.5 or 6, you do not get that many balls to face, and you don’t have much time to settle in. Our job is to support the players and come the time, they are ready to play those shots in crunch situations,” he further added.
Dravid also reacted to the leaked footage of Virat Kohli’s Hotel room that left the Indian star batsman appalled. Dravid called the incident disappointing and hoped incidents like this won’t happen in the future. “It was disappointing, it’s not very comfortable for anyone, let alone Virat. We have flagged it with the relevant authorities, and they have taken action. Hopefully, incidents like this won’t happen in the future and hopefully, people are a lot more careful. That’s the one place you feel you are away from the prying eyes and without the media glare, without the photographers and all of these that the players have to deal with. When that’s taken away, it’s not really a nice feeling,” Dravid said. “He has dealt with it very well. He’s here to train. He’s absolutely fine.” he added.