'Dar se khela nahi': Rahul Dravid dismisses claims of ICC trophy pressure on Team India

'Dar se khela nahi': Rahul Dravid dismisses claims of ICC trophy pressure on Team India

The wait for an ICC trophy has got longer for Team India. On Sunday, Australia won Cricket World Cup for a record-extending sixth time, ending hosts India’s dominant run in the tournament. India won the World Cup in 1983 and 2011. But since 2013, when the MS Dhoni-led Indian side lifted the Champions Trophy, India has not won an ICC trophy. At the post-match press conference coach Rahul Dravid dismissed the notion that India were under pressure and could not play their usual aggressive brand of cricket. “Dar se khela nahi,” Dravid said.

Dravid said in the finals India had put on board 80 runs in just 10 overs but had lost three wickets so Virat Kohli and KL Rahul had to rebuild the innings. Since wickets kept falling, India could not go all guns blazing during their innings, he said.

The Indian coach also gave credit to Pat Cummins men, saying they utilized the conditions well and their fielding was superb.

“We played good cricket though out the tournament and we are ranked No 1 in all the formats of the game,” Dravid said.

Put into bat, India were bundled out for 240 in exactly 50 overs . Australia was wobbling on 47-3 after seven overs but Travis Head and Labuschagne dug in to help their country regain its status as the king of one-day international cricket, adding to its 50-over world titles in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015.

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma on Sunday admitted that his side was not good enough, especially as a batting unit, in the World Cup final against Australia. “The result hasn’t gone our way and we know that we were not good enough on the day. But I am proud of the team. Honestly, 20-30 runs (more) would’ve been good. We didn’t bat well enough,” said Rohit in the post-match presentation.Rohit said the team was looking to score around 280 when Virat Kohli and KL Rahul were batting. “I thought when KL and Virat were batting, we were looking at 270-280 at that point but we kept losing wickets,” said Rohit.Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar said that Team India should not be disappointed with the results. “Rohit’s men played superb cricket in the tournament and they just lost to a better team in the finals. Very proud of the team, the effort they have given,” Gavaskar said.

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