India A and Under-19 chief coach Rahul Dravid has effusively praised the national side head coach Anil Kumble and Test captain Virat Kohli for boosting the confidence of youngsters while creating the friendly environment in the dressing room to give them the leeway, to exhibit their talent.
“Credit to Virat [Kohli] and Anil [Kumble] for the set-up and what they have been doing at the national level. So we are seeing the results, Nice to be a part of that process,” Dravid was quoted as saying by BCCI TV.
The former veteran cricketer Dravid, who has been at the forefront to nurse the talent at home, believes that an achievement from Karun Nair and Jayant Yadav has been the result of the complete process.
“It’s great to see these young boys coming through the ‘A’ team set-up and from domestic performances. It is a tribute to I think the environment created in the national set-up that they are coming through feeling comfortable and performing straightaway,” Dravid said.
The 43-year-old Dravid has played an important role in developing a solid bench strength for the national side since he joined the young India A team in May this year.
Karun Nair, who has played for India A before joining Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals was appreciated by his mentor Dravid.
“It’s fantastic. Incredible to score his first (Test) hundred and then go on to score a triple hundred. I think it not only speaks volumes about his ability but also his hunger and desire. That’s really important. It’s good and I am happy for Indian cricket and it is always good to see young people coming through,” Dravid said on Nair.
Pragmatic in his approach, the soft-spoken Dravid has also backed his young wards to give their best on the field while stressing the importance of an all-rounder in the side.
“We are always in touch with the national team as to what is the skill-set that they are looking at in the future. Try and give opportunities. If they are looking at all-rounders, we will try and play as many all-rounders as we can at the junior level to see which all-rounder can make the step-up,” Dravid added.
Some level of cricket is like spoon-feeding and Dravid has been at the helm to polish the raw talent to turn them into better players before they could represent their country at the highest level.
“I don’t think U-19 and A team is about results. Yes, we want to get results but it is really more about giving exposure, developing young people. Coaching is not only about developing them as players but also developing them as people so that they can have meaningful careers and lives from wherever they go on from here,” Dravid concluded.