Legendary Indian batsman Rahul Dravid said that in every IPL season he learnt something new about the game as a mentor.
Dravid is currently the mentor of Delhi Daredevils who this seasons performed comparatively well than their previous years’ performance.
Speaking to a cricket specific website Cricinfo Dravid revealed that he was fascinated by the emphatic growth of the IPL in the nine seasons.
“I have been involved in every single IPL so far in different capacities, as a captain and then a player, then captain again for a different franchise, then being a mentor for a couple of franchises as well.
“So I have actually seen quite a lot of it and in different kinds of environments and different kinds of situations.
“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.
In international, the advent of T20 format has great influence as it changed the batting style and runs is being scored quickly even in Test cricket. It seems that even scoring 300 in ODI cricket is not impossible.
Despite the influence of T20 cricket in other formats of the game, Dravid feels that the 20 over cricket formats needs a different tactical approach.
“I think they are very different when approached tactically.
“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.
“But in T20 cricket, sometimes each over is important, but you can lose two or three overs in a game and actually lose a game.
“You don’t have as much time in T20 cricket to get things wrong and bounce back.”
For players adjusting in different formats has become an uphill task.
Dravid said despite the difference in the two limited-overs formats, players should approach them tactically and ,must strike the right balance.
“As a batsman, your strategy and mindset around the T20 game is that you have only 20 overs to bat out, so you have an opportunity to take a lot more risks.
“As a bowler, you just have 24 balls to bowl and every one of those 24 balls actually matters.
“There is not so much time in T20 cricket to set up the batsman.
“You are more bowling to restrict.
“We always talk about taking wickets in T20 cricket, but you know that the value of a good economical over at a certain stage in the game could lead to wickets later on.
“It’s just finding that balance, but they are two different games tactically.”
In World T20 2016, the shortest format of the game received huge popularity. The final between West indies and England brought 2.45 million viewers to Sky Sports.
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