Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has appreciated the role played by Rahul Dravid. Dravid is currently acting as a mentor for the Indian team touring England. India has yesterday won the Lord’s test by 95 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Gavaskar believes that Dravid has had a great impact on the team.

Hailing the team’s win, Gavaskar said, “We keep using the term historic loosely. History will take care of itself. This is a pivotal point in Indian cricket because of the way they came back in this Test match. It wasn’t easy going for them and it’s the kind of application and determination they have shown that augurs well for the future. All of us who have gone through the strife are hoping that the old Indian malaise of complacency does not creep in. As long as complacency does not creep in, this Indian can only go forward.”

He added, “India played exceptionally well; they were put to bat on a green top, they handled that well. No praise can be too high for Murali Vijay and Pujara for the way they batted in that first session when the ball was doing things and made it easy for the batsmen coming down. The kind of application showed by the lower order batsmen in both the innings (was impressive). Rahane‘s 100, Vijay’s 95. Even Dhoni. A free scoring batsman like him made sure that on the third evening, there were no in-roads into the Indian batting.”

Praising Dravid, he added, “The impact of Dravid as batting consultant cannot be underestimated. Dravid was known for his patience and that has rubbed off on Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami in the first Test. Don’t forget it was their last wicket partnership that pushed England back. It is from there that the rest of the team learned. His impact as a batting consultant cannot be underestimated and it neeeds to be given due prominence because we don’t tend to do that when we have Indian coaches and Indian consultants.”