Rahul Dravid believes India’s batting can turn things around.

India head coach Rahul Dravid has backed India’s middle-order hitter, whose poor form has drawn criticism ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

A day before the ODI series against Australia at home, all eyes are on India’s star-studded World Cup lineup, as head coach Rahul Dravid cleared the air on one batter whose recent performances have been questioned.

Suryakumar Yadav, the No. 1 ranked batsman in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Batting Rankings, has been unable to reproduce his ability in the shortest format in the fifty-overs format. He has 537 runs in 27 ODIs, with an average of 24.41 and a best score of 64.

Suryakumar made the World Cup selection despite only two fifties in 25 innings and some blatant dismissals in the 2023 Asia Cup, and Dravid backed it up on Thursday by expressing trust in the middle-order batter’s ability.

“We’ve picked our team for the World Cup, and Surya is in it,” Dravid said, implying that there may be no changes to India’s final World Cup 15 squad, which countries must declare by September 28.

“We made that decision, and we fully support him.” We support him because we have seen certain qualities and abilities in him. Yes, we’ve only seen it in T20 cricket at the present, but we know what kind of impact a player like him can have batting at six.

“He has the ability to change the course of a game, so we fully support him.” That has been made abundantly apparent. We’ve made it quite clear that we’re entirely behind him.”

Suryakumar has three more One-Day Internationals against Australia before the World Cup, which Dravid hopes he will take advantage of.

“We know he’ll be able to turn it around in these three games.” Again, he is someone who will receive these three games, and most likely the first two, in order to continue developing and maturing as a one-day cricketer.

All of the squads for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 have been announced.

“But, in terms of selection, I think we’ve made our decision,” Dravid said.

Suryakumar was removed for a first-ball duck in each of the three matches when India last played Australia in an ODI series in March of this year. It remains to be seen whether Suryakumar can use the series to break into India’s already congested World Cup starting XI.

Dravid emphasized that the squad will use the series against Australia to put batters in places where they will play in the World Cup, citing Ishan Kishan as an example of someone who may play a dual role.

“We can’t make everyone bat in the same positions because two or three of them will probably make the World Cup final 11,” Dravid explained.

“Ideally, I believe we will be looking to bat people in positions where we believe they will play in the World Cup at this point in time.” Of course, someone like Ishan has been chosen as someone who can play both roles.

“He’s played the middle-order role for us.” But, as we’ve seen, he’s the team’s spare batter who can bat up the order. Apart from being a wicket-keeper, he provides us with versatility. The fact that he can bat both in the middle and at the top of the order gives us a lot of options.”

The head coach again emphasized the long-term goal of finding true all-rounders, but he also stated that captains prefer genuine batters or bowlers over batters who can bowl a little bit in ODIs due to the two new balls.

“As you can see, the number of part-time bowlers has decreased in other teams as well.” It is not limited to the Indian team. It’s partly due to the addition of two new balls. In the middle overs, you have five fielders in the ring. Part-time bowlers are finding it increasingly difficult to bowl.

“It’s not that they don’t bowl in the nets. Many bowlers attempt. In the nets, they bowl. However, if you do not have opportunities to bowl in the middle, it will be tough to develop your technique. Captains and coaches are becoming increasingly wary of the regulations. Because of the two new balls and the five fielders in the ring, they will always want to include a legitimate bowler in the mix.

“Otherwise, they look for true all-rounders in the team.” However, it is something that we are working on. It’s not that we’re not working on it. We are continually working on it. We are also working on improving the batting ability of some of our bowlers. You are always working on these things.