Victory by 141 innings and 141 runs also marked the start of India, twice runners-up, in the new 2023-27 World Test Championship cycle.

It’s a tribute to the domestic system, Dravid said while talking to the media on the eve of the second and final Test of the series here.The fact that many young players come into the team and start performing right away is a credit to the atmosphere there.

A lot of credit for this goes to the domestic system of training such players, especially in baseball, and the relaxed environment that the team has been able to create for young players to come in and prove themselves.

From our point of view as a coach, it’s nice to see young players come into the team, perform immediately and do very well, whether it’s Yashasvi in the last game or the way Shubman has grown in the last six to eight months or the way Ishan (Kishan) came into the team and saved the game in the last game on a difficult wicket, he did a very good job.

We have seen a lot of young players, even in the one-dayers and T20s, who have come through and performed well. So yes, credit to our internal system, NCA and many other people who can make it possible for us. Dravid also admonished the young players and said that they will have to face bigger challenges.

I know that people like Jaiswal and Gill will face other more difficult onesKistan will also make it to the finals. It’s going to be a great competition and we are certainly aiming for that, we certainly want to play all the way to the final and win this final, but for that we need to take the first two steps.

WI will rise again

The West Indies may have hit rock bottom after failing to qualify for the ODI World Cup, but Dravid believes that talent is not scarce in the country and they will rise again if emphasis is placed on infrastructure and resources.

The ODI World Cup qualifiers earlier this month shocked the cricket world when West Indies, winners of the first two tournaments, lost consecutively to hosts Zimbabwe, Netherlands and Scotland.

Yes, from a West Indies perspective, I feel, and people have talked about the frustration they feel.2

Although yes, I think the pressure and the problem that the current generation of West Indies players face is that they are always being compared to the great West Indies teams of the 80s and 90s.

You know, it’s the late 70s, 80s and 90s or some of the teams of the 50s and 60s and it’s not an easy comparison for anyone to compare their team to a legendary team like the one that was led by Clive Lloyd or Viv Richards. I think it would be a tough one for anyone. You know, it’s not going to be easy, he signed off.

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