Rahul Dravid will accompany Team India on the Sri Lanka tour. (Prithvi Shaw/Instagram)
Rahul Dravid no longer goes with India A and Under-19 teams, but it was he who started it that every player going on tour should get a chance to play the match.
New Delhi. National Cricket Academy (NCA) director Rahul Dravid said that when he was the coach of India’s Under-19 and ‘A’ level teams, he made sure that every player on tour got a chance to play the match. Whereas in his time this was not the case. The credit for grooming India’s young talent goes to Rahul Dravid. He will now be the coach of India’s limited overs team touring Sri Lanka next month. Shikhar Dhawan will lead this team.
Rahul Dravid no longer goes with India A and Under-19 teams, but it was he who started it that every player going on tour should get a chance to play the match. According to ESPNcricinfo, “I used to tell them in advance that if you come with me on ‘A’ team tour, then you will not leave here without playing a match. When I used to play at the junior level, I had my own experiences. It used to be very bad to go on ‘A’ team tour and not get a chance to play matches.
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He said, “You do well. You score 700-800 runs. You go with the team and there you don’t get a chance to show your ability. After that you have to score those 800 runs again in the next session to grab the attention of the selectors.” Rahul Dravid said, “It is not easy to do so, so there is no guarantee that you will get a chance again. So you have to tell the players in the beginning that these are the best 15 players and we will play with them. Even if it’s not the best XI. At the under-19 level, we can make five-six changes between matches.
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Rahul Dravid said that Indian cricketers are now considered to be the fittest in the world, but there was a time when they did not have the necessary fitness knowledge and were jealous of the more agile Australian and South African players. Now that Dravid is the head of the National Cricket Academy, he is playing a vital role in grooming the next generation of cricketers.