Dravid still the same says India U-19 skipper Ishan Kishan
At his prime, Rahul Dravid was known for his calm and composed nature on the field. There are hardly any moments in his entire career where he was caught angry or frustrated and the same seems to be rubbing off on the India U-19 squad.
The Bangalore-born legend of Indian cricket is now the coach of the India A team and the India U-19 team that recently finished runners-up in the U-19World Cup and the players of the squad had some good things to say about their coach.
The U-19 Indian squad led by Ishan Kishan were superb in the whole tournament but faltered right at the end against a spirited West Indies side that completes the treble.
In a recent interview, Kishan revealed that Dravid was one of the most humble persons he has ever met and said that there was completely nothing to dislike about him.
“Dravid is such a humble person. It was very nice to work with him. He made sure he appreciated us whenever we performed well. He comes to us individually, he helped us learn a lot,” Kishan said in the interview.
The Jharkhand-born wicket-keeper batsman was all praise for his coach and said that he has not seen him be angry even once since Dravid took over the team.
He also explained that Dravid has never lost his temper on his teammates and that he is patient and happy to rectify mistakes of each and every player personally.
“He is very, very calm. He doesn’t lose his temper. Even if we make mistakes, he just lets us know them and makes us aware of our negatives,” Ishan said.
The good performances in the U-19 World Cup have rewarded the players with an IPL contract this season. Ishan himself is a part of the Gujarat Lions franchise while his team-mate Sarfaraz Khan is an integral part of the RCB outfit led by Virat Kohli.
Sarfaraz has already shown his caliber with a super 10 ball 35 against the SRH in the first game of the tournament and his national team skipper was all praises.
The 17-year old revealed that Khan was a hard working batsman and that he is determined to find a place in the Indian senior national team in years to come.
He is a hard working boy. He was determined and was talking about the Indian Premier League as well when we were playing together. He is doing well and it’s really good,” the 17-year-old added.
The skipper was all smiles thanking the opportunity he has got because of the IPL.
He is a part of the Gujarat franchise that has the likes of Bravo , McCullum, Finch and Steyn and he revealed that he was excited to share the dressing room with the greats of the game.
“I am sharing the dressing room with legendary players at Gujarat Lions. It gives me a good opportunity to learn from them,” Ishan said.
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