Rahul Dravid’s recent appointment as the coach of India A and India U 19’s has attracted a lot of positivity and optimism. Ever since the batting great was named the coach of the junior Indian sides, there has been a buzz around the Indian cricketing circles. Several youngsters and budding cricketers in India have grown up idolizing Dravid and his style. With Dravid now as the coach of India A, there is bound to be an improvement in the overall performances.
Baba Aparajith and Vijay Shankar are two mighty talented individuals hailing from Tamil Nadu. Aparajith played a key role in India’s triumph in the 2012 Under 19 World Cup. He has been a regular member of the India A setup and has scored heavily for Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy. Shankar too has been a constant performer for Tamil Nadu and has a lot of potential to excel.
The two youngsters were simply galvanized that Dravid was named as the coach of the India A side. They both looked eager to learn from Dravid. “I still don’t know what to expect though.” “I am going to be open and listen to what he has got to say. Anything small from him is going to be a big thing for me,” said Aparajith.
“I didn’t know how to react. It’s a very big thing,” Shankar said regarding his selection. “Last time when I met him (Dravid), I was asking him about converting starts. I would just love to work with him. Whenever we go there and practice I am sure he’s going to give some input and I am just keen on noting it down. I hope there will be enough practice sessions so that he will have time to see how we are batting.”
“It’s a fresh start for us, a season opener of sorts,” Aparajith said. “I have analysed what I need to do. There is no specific area (of improvement). The reason why I failed last season could be because of a thought-process mistake. Nothing to do with my skill alone, (except) maybe in one or two games. “Every game I need to set pattern for long innings. Last season, I didn’t find the pattern or rhythm. Once I make it a habit, I will be more consistent,” said Aparajith.