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Quality of spin made the series win sweeter: Rahul Dravid

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Last updated on 13 Mar 2023 | 10:49 AM
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Quality of spin made the series win sweeter: Rahul Dravid

The Indian coach also heaped praises on the performance of Shubman Gill and Axar Patel in helping India win the series 2-1

India and Australia settled for a draw after Steven Smith declared Australia's second innings in Ahmedabad on 179 for the loss of two wickets, minutes before the mandatory hour of play was set to commence. 

As a result, the Indian team sealed the four-Test series 2-1 and secured their place in the summit clash of the World Test Championship Final against Australia at the Oval starting June 7. 

India's head coach, Rahul Dravid was indeed a happy man as she shared his thoughts on the series and India's performance across the four games. 

"It was a hard fought series. There were moments when we were put under extreme pressure, and we managed to respond. Rohit led the way with a hundred in the first Test, capped off by the big one by Virat here," he said. 

"In the middle, we had Jadeja, Axar, and Shubman, probably missed a few. We needed to find people to respond, and we found that. To be able to compete and get the better of them is a proud achievement.

"It's been an exciting 4-5 months for Shubman, and exciting to see a young player coming in and maturing. Great sign for us and long may it continue. Great exposure for him to learn from the likes of Virat, Rohit, and Steve Smith," he further added. 

The former Indian skipper was also in awe of the Australian spinners and felt Todd Murphy and Matthew Kuhnemann complimented Nathan Lyon extremely well in these conditions. 

"The Aussie spinners have been exceptional, led by Nathan Lyon. He has been brilliant for Australia for many years, but right through the series he was exceptional, the kind of pressure and control he gave Cummins and Smith was outstanding," he said. 

"Both young spinners gave him that kind of support. Lot of times we have seen overseas teams have only one good spinner and the others leak runs, but credit to the two young spinners, they maintained that pressure and picked wickets."

"A lot of the guys were saying that for the quality of spin they had to play, which made the series win all the more sweeter. Some of the guys were saying since Panesar and Swann probably have not played over the last decade a couple of spinners of this kind of quality or this quality of spells, they have played individual spinners who have been great over the years, but to have a quality spin attack I think it is the best in the last 10 years," he concluded.

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