Rahul Dravid, one of the most loved cricketers in the country has been busy spreading his knowledge to the young guns of the nation with his stint as a coach of the U-19 side.
However, time and again, he provides some great insights into the game that helps the fans get closer to their idols and the sport.
Here is as transcript from a recent interview where he spoke about T20 cricket and IPL and its effect on international cricket:
Speaking about his journey from the long format to the shortest one, Dravid felt that his involvement with the IPL in all its seasons from the inauguration has allowed him to learn a lot about the game.
Dravid said, “It’s been an educative process for me as well, it’s a constant learning process and it’s fascinating for me to see how much it’s changed and grown. I just keep learning every single time I go into an IPL.”
Speaking about the 2nd edition of the IPL and the popularity it got in South Africa, Dravid said, “When the players came back for the second year of the IPL, they realised that people are going to watch you and there is going to be so much importance to each and every T20 game, so we better come prepared.”
Dravid, who was a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore side in his playing time in the IPL, was asked how it was difficult to select a team from such a star-studded squad. Dravid revealed that it was important to maintain balance in the side and select a side that can beat the opponents.
“You can look at a team on paper and think it’s good but sometimes if the pieces don’t fit together, you’ll not succeed, and that’s what’s becoming more and more clear in T20 cricket,” Dravid said talking about team selection in T20s.
He also spoke about the difference in mindset the players need to have to play the 50-over game and the 20-over game.
He said, “There is a rhythm and a tempo to a one-day game that’s very different to that of a T20 game. Just the mindset and the thinking around the T20 game is very different to a one-day game, where you have time to build an innings.”
“They are two different games tactically, and I think auctions are quite dynamic and they sort of vary all the time. Everyone goes in with a strategy, tactics and certain ideas,” he added.
He also spoke about the strategies the teams use during auctions.
“Teams know the kind of players they want. It’s very rare to find young Indian talents who are unheard of and you can pick out of nowhere for really cheap,” he said.
“There are no cheap buys anymore. There is a lot more knowledge about young Indian domestic talent than there was three or four years ago,” he added.