'Chahal should play more-red ball cricket' - Rahul Dravid

"But yeah, a large part of this is to give him opportunity to see how he bowls in red-ball cricket because he hasn't played red-ball cricket. We have players coming from the national team and we have to give them opportunities as well.

"I think they have shown over the past year or so with their performances that they are playing very good cricket. Yuzvendra Chahal was already an integral part of the national team in white-ball cricket.

The pacer, like Chahal, lacks experience in red-ball cricket but managed to make the right noise, picking up 25 wickets in his last three matches for India A. Mayank Agarwal was quite exceptional in this game and Prithvi has shown continuous improvement in every level he has played. They (Indian team management) were very keen to know how Chahal performs in red-ball cricket. "There's no doubt he has got skill, as we can see, but he definitely needs to play a lot more".

India A and South Africa A locked horns in the first of the two-match unofficial Test series at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Whether there is an opportunity (to be picked for the Indian team) or not is not for me to decide.

Siraj, who made his debut for India previous year, in a T20I against New Zealand, had fruitful back-to-back seasons in the IPL, picking up a total of 21 wickets in 17 games in the 2017 and 2018 seasons combined.

Delving into the progress of the Hyderabad pacer, who has been in phenomenal form with the red ball this season, but has gone wicketless in his three-match T20 global career, Dravid explained, "To get 25 wickets in the last three games in England is terrific".

In 18 first-class games so far, he has picked up 82 wickets, having made his debut for Hyderabad against Services in 2015. "We push them a little bit and we demand high standards". He has not had that much opportunities. "The more he plays, the more experience he gets".

When asked on how far Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw are from making the senior grade, Dravid deflected the question and said, "It's a bit of a loaded question and I know what the headlines will be tomorrow when I answer that question".

Dravid said that the organisers are trying to create conditions where fast bowlers can develop their skillset.

And Dravid now wants the leg-spinner to play red-ball cricket in order to hone his skills for the longer format of the game.

. So, we work on planning and scheduling to make this happen. It gives boards chance to give exposure to players.

On planning and scheduling A series, Dravid said it is a very critical part, which requires to be done in advance in reciprocal way between various boards just to create opportunities for players. It's a good bridge between domestic and global cricket. It opens up more options for selectors. We want to know the requirements of the national team and we think of providing that.

There are times when he has to give opportunities to Indian players who are looking for a recall, he added.

Speaking about the communication with the national team, Dravid said that he was in constant touch with the selectors. "So, more of our guys get opportunities to showcase their talents against some of the really talented players of the world, the better", he said.

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