Updated May 31st, 2024 at 11:27 IST

'Doesn't matter how many stars you have': Lara's MAJOR advice to Dravid to end ICC drought at T20 WC

Brian Lara emphasizes to Rahul Dravid that the number of stars doesn't matter in ending the ICC trophy drought at the T20 World Cup.

Reported by: Aryan Suraj Chadha
Brian Lara on Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma | Image:PTI

The ICC Men's T20 World Cup warm-up match between Bangladesh and India on Sat, 1 Jun at 8:00 pm in Nassau County International Cricket Stadium is set to showcase an electrifying clash as Bangladesh faces off against India's star-studded squad, featuring the likes of Rohit SharmaHardik Pandya, and Jasprit Bumrah. This match serves as a crucial preparatory fixture for both teams as they gear up for the highly anticipated T20 World Cup, promising an action-packed encounter and offering fans a glimpse of the excitement to come in the tournament.

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Brian Lara makes a huge statement on how Rahul Dravid can end India’s ICC trophy drought

When the 2024 T20 World Cup concludes in June, Rahul Dravid's time as the Indian team's head coach will come to an end. Dravid has yet to lead the senior national team to an ICC title victory, despite his success with the U-19 and India A sides establishing him as a favourite to succeed Ravi Shastri in 2022. But with the T20 World Cup starting on June 1, Dravid has one more chance to end India's protracted trophy drought and cap off his career in style.


Ahead of the next game, legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara sent Dravid a direct message, asking him to devise a strategy for the later phases of the match—a challenge India has not been able to surmount in ICC events since 2013. In an interview with Star Sports, Lara stressed how crucial it is for India to focus on a clear plan with the goal of winning the World Cup, even though their team includes well-known players. Brian Lara said: 

“Indian team, just looking from the outside, in previous Cups, be it T20 or 50-overs, I just feel they are lacking that final plan in terms of how they are going to go about. It doesn't matter how many superstars you have; it matters how you are going to go about winning this World Cup, what plans you are going to have in place, and how you are going to structure your innings or attack. I hope Rahul Dravid can get his players together and can devise a plan for India to win T20 World Cup,” 

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India is going to play in their second T20 World Cup under head coach Dravid. Under Rohit Sharma's direction, the team advanced to the semifinals in 2022 but lost to ultimately victorious England. Under MS Dhoni's leadership, India won its only T20 World Cup title in the competition's inaugural year in 2007. They have since advanced to the semifinals twice and placed second once in the seven ensuing seasons.

India's 2024 T20 World Cup campaign will get underway at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York on June 5 against Ireland. On June 9, there will be a much awaited match at the same location against bitter rivals Pakistan. Co-hosts USA and Canada make up the other two teams in Group A.


Published May 31st, 2024 at 11:27 IST