In the recently-concluded India vs Sri Lanka white-ball series, Hardik Pandya-led team India won the T20 international series, while Rohit Sharma & Co. returned to captain the national squad in ODIs, powering them to a clinical 3-0 series win. Several media reports suggest it is highly likely that team India might opt for split captaincy in future. 

India’s head coach Rahul Dravid was questioned on the same, whether his team might soon adapt the split-captaincy approach in future. 

“Not that I am aware of. That’s a question you need to ask the selectors but as of now, I don’t think so,” Dravid said at a press conference ahead of the third and final One-Day-International between India and New Zealand.

Rahul Dravid on India’s Preparatory camp ahead of Border Gavaskar Trophy

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Indian Test players are required to join preparatory camp on February 2 while Ranji Trophy quarterfinals are slated for January 31. The coach said that there may be scope to release players during the semifinals and final depending upon the situation.

“We would really like that the boys are able to play but it is a tough one for us. I think the quarters are on 31st or 1st and the build-up to Border Gavaskar is at exactly the same time,” Dravid said.

But the coach added that there may be scope to release players during the semifinals and final depending upon the situation.

“Obviously, in the build-up to a big tournament like that, we won’t be able to release any players but when the series starts and an opportunity presents itself where someone is not playing and is required in the semifinal or final then we will certainly look at it.

“We have already agreed that the selectors will not be touching anyone playing the quarterfinal of the Ranji Trophy.” Want to give game time to players who are in our scheme of things With the series already in the bag, one would think that the third ODI against New Zealand is just a formality but Dravid sees it as an opportunity to provide valuable experience to his players.

“It’s definitely not a formality, there is an opportunity to give the guys sitting outside who are in our plans some game time.

“It is important to win matches and series but you also have to give enough experience to your squad.

“So that when there is an injury to someone those players are able to play in big tournaments. So it’s nice that we have got the opportunity but this match is not a formality,” Dravid said.

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