Next challenge for India is to win overseas: Dravid

Mumbai: Cricketing great Rahul Dravid feels that though India have been doing well lately in the shorter formats of the game, the next challenge is to start getting results overseas.

“Even in Test cricket, India finds itself up there in the rankings largely because they have had great results in home conditions. The next challenge, really for this team, is to start performing and get results overseas,” said the 43-year-old who retired in 2012.

“But things are beginning to turn with the win in Sri Lanka and hopefully they can go beyond the subcontinent and produce those results.”

India are ranked second in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings. They defeated Sri Lanka 2-1 in their backyard in a three-match Test series that was played in August-September last year.

“It is a very exciting time for Indian cricket at the moment. The results in one-day and Twenty20 cricket have been really good over the last couple of years or so and it has been reflected in the rankings as well,” said Dravid, who is a member of the Laureus World Sports Academy.

“There’s a good crop of players coming through. It’s going to be an exciting 24 months for the Indian team.”