On Wednesday, the Indian team under the coaching of Rahul Dravid whitewashed West Indies in the ODIs for the first time in their own backyard. The three-match series concluded with India winning the third match comprehensively by 119 runs in a rain-affected game at the Port of Spain.
Rahul Dravid lauds his “young batch” of players
After the game as per the rituals, Indian coach Rahul Dravid addressed the players. Coach Rahul Dravid lauded the ‘professionalism’ of his young outfit which has shown some ‘great signs’ moving forward while routing the West Indies 3-0 in their own backyard in the just-concluded ODI series. He highlighted the fact that they were missing their key players who played in England but the Men in Blue were still clinical in their approach.
“We came here with a really young team. A lot of the guys who played the England series didn’t play here and the way you guys have responded, the way you guys played in three games and the level of professionalism you showed…,” Dravid said in his dressing room speech after the final ODI.
“Couple of tight games and to get on the right side of those high-pressure games, some terrific performances under pressure was a really great sign for a very young team,” the former India captain added.
Dravid also praised Dhawan for his able leadership. “Really well done by Shikhar. I think he led very well. Well done to all of you, terrific performance.”
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Dhawan said this young Indian team has the potential to achieve many more successes in future. “As a team, we would like to thank the support staff and all the team members who have helped us. Really appreciate your support. And well-done boys, both batting and bowling unit.
“You guys did amazing. You guys are young and have the vision to become much more than you are today. You guys have already started taking those steps and you guys will go a long way,” Dhawan said.
At the conclusion of his speech, stand-in skipper Dhawan called the entire team into a huddle and ended his speech with a triumphant yell: “Who are we? Champions.”
• India whitewash West Indies in ODIs for the first time in their own backyard.
• Rahul Dravid and Shikhar Dhawan appreciate their young team in the post-match meeting.