Rest and Rotate Players : India's Plan

India may have just swept the T20 World Cup runners-up 3-0 in his first series as full-time head coach, but Rahul Dravid wants to take a "realistic" view of where the team stands.

Rest and Rotate Players : India's Plan

He is mindful, in particular, of New Zealand's hectic schedule: they began this T20I series just three days after their World Cup final defeat in Dubai, while missing their captain Kane Williamson.

Rest and Rotate Players : India's Plan

"We have to keep our feet on the ground and be realistic, especially with bigger things down the line in the next 12 months," Dravid told host broadcaster Star Sports after the third T20I in Kolkata.

Rest and Rotate Players : India's Plan

"It's not easy for New Zealand to play a World Cup final, turn up three days later, and play three games in six days. We knew it was never going to be easy on them."

Rest and Rotate Players : India's Plan

While New Zealand were without Williamson through the series and rested stand-in captain Tim Southee for the last match, India, too, missed key personnel, with Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja rested.

Rest and Rotate Players : India's Plan

Dravid said the big positive from the series win was the performance of the players who got chances in the absence of the seniors.

Rest and Rotate Players : India's Plan

Harshal Patel picked up four wickets in two games while returning an economy rate of 7.28, and also contributed a useful lower-order cameo in Kolkata.

Rest and Rotate Players : India's Plan

Axar Patel, standing in for Jadeja, played all three games and ended the series with a Player-of-the-Match-winning three-wicket haul in the final T20I.

Rest and Rotate Players : India's Plan

There were promising displays from the debutant allrounder Venkatesh Iyer and the back-up opener and wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan as well.