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India coach Rahul Dravid takes notes from Ireland’s upset win over Pakistan

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India head coach Rahul Dravid emphasized the importance of not underestimating any opponent ahead of their ICC T20 World Cup 2024 opener against Ireland. Dravid stated the team is preparing for the match with the same intensity as for encounters against powerhouses like Pakistan or Australia.

He acknowledged Ireland’s recent victory over Pakistan and their experience in T20 cricket, stressing the need for thorough preparation and respect for their opponents.

“We are preparing for this match in a similar way as we are preparing for Pakistan and Australia. There will be no shortage in our preparation. We know that they recently defeated Pakistan. We know that Ireland plays a lot of T20 cricket. In this format, you can’t take anyone lightly or with a look. We will definitely not take them lightly. We know that we respect them a lot,” Dravid said in the pre-match press conference.

Addressing the logistical challenges of the tournament, including travel from the USA to the Caribbean, Dravid noted that all teams face similar schedules and must adapt.

“Everyone has the same schedule. Schedules are tight. Calendars are extremely tight. Yes, it’s going to be challenging travelling from one venue to the other in the West Indies. But again, no complaints. It’s the same for everyone. I mean, it’s not that only India is going to have to travel, play and travel. Every other team is going to also have to play and travel if they go all the way. So fine, we have to deal with it. We have to get on with it. And we have to play the best cricket we can,” said Dravid.

Dravid also addressed India’s high rating by experts, acknowledging the team’s strength but highlighting the competitiveness of other teams.

“When I look across the tournament like this, you see that we are, of course, a strong team. But there are other very strong teams as well in this tournament. So I’m sure there are four or five teams that everyone is probably rating,” he concluded.

India will start their T20 World Cup campaign on June 5 against Ireland at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York. The blockbuster clash between India and Pakistan will take place on June 9. India will then play co-hosts USA (June 12) and Canada (June 15) to wrap up their Group A matches.

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