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Avesh Khan credits coach Rahul Dravid for his heroics vs SA in 4th T20I: He gives chances to everybody


Young India pacer Avesh Khan credited head coach Rahul Dravid for his match-winning performance with the ball against South Africa in the Rajkot T20I.

Avesh Khan credits coach Rahul Dravid for his heroics vs SA in 4th T20I (AP Photo)

Avesh Khan credits coach Rahul Dravid for his heroics vs SA in 4th T20I (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rahul Dravid sir intends to give players a long enough run: Avesh Khan
  • Avesh’s career-best 4/18 helped the hosts seal a series-leveling win in Rajkot
  • Everyone is getting enough matches to prove themselves: Avesh

Avesh Khan went on to credit head coach Rahul Dravid for showing belief in him after the young Indian pacer’s career-best 4/18 helped the hosts seal a series-leveling win in Rajkot and sink South Africa to their lowest total in the T20. Avesh thanked Dravid for backing him to do well even after he failed to take a single wicket in the first three matches.

“The team hasn’t changed over four games, so credit to Rahul (Dravid) sir. He gives chances to everybody and intends to give them a long enough run. He doesn’t drop a player after one or two bad performances because you cannot judge a player on the basis of one or two games. Everyone is getting enough matches to prove themselves,” Avesh said in his post-match press conference.

The young LSG pacer said he was under pressure after not being able to deliver in the first three matches, but the backing he received from the team management helped him.

“Yes, there was pressure on me. I had zero wickets in three games but Rahul sir and the team management gave me another opportunity today and I ended up picking four wickets. It’s also my papa’s birthday, so it’s a gift for him too.”

Avesh revealed that he wasn’t looking to bowl off-pace on a track that “wasn’t easy” for the batters.

“Whenever we are batting first, I always end up asking the batters how the wicket played, whether it was two-paced or not,” Avesh said. “I spoke to Ishan (Kishan) today and he said that hard-length balls aren’t easy to play; some are bouncing, some are stopping and the others are keeping low. Then I planned to attack the stumps and bowl the hard lengths consistently. It’s in my hands to bowl well, not pick wickets.

“The slower ball wasn’t very effective on today’s wicket, so I tried to bowl hard lengths with the occasional bouncer to change things up,” he added. “Today’s wicket wasn’t easy for batters, it was two-paced although DK Bhai, Hardik and Rishabh all played well. 170 was a very good total on this wicket and all we wanted to ensure was pick a couple of wickets in the powerplay.”

The series will be decided on Sunday in Bengaluru.



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