Rahul Dravid Again Silently Working For The Indian National Cricket Team
Rahul Dravid had a successful international cricket career which was ended more than seven years ago. Now, silently, he is building a solid future generation who will carry the nation on their shoulders. The new Indian stars have recently admitted Rahul Dravid’s importance in their career.
Rahul Dravid was a crucial member during India’s batting star cast era. For his strong patience batting, people called him “The Wall.” Though he retired from the international cricket in 2012, he is still putting his exceptional effort in Indian cricket but slightly in different style.
At present, he is the coach of India A and India U19 sides. Since his joining, both sides are dominating in the world cricket. Under his coaching term, India U19 won the 2018 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup and also finished as the runners-up in the earlier 2016 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.
Most importantly, many players are becoming mature under his tenure, even before entering international cricket. Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Hanuma Vihari, and Vijay Shankar are some of those names. Some more cricketers are also in line to show their talents.
Rahul Dravid is a great mentor for us – Mayank Agarwal
In the recent tour to Australia, Mayank Agarwal suddenly earned an opportunity in the Test cricket after Prithvi Shaw missed the series due to an injury. However, many believed that he should get the chance at earlier due to his tremendous and consistent performances in domestic cricket.
Making his international debut during the MCG Test in last Boxing Day, the opener shined by playing brilliant innings. After scoring 76 and 42 runs in MCG Test, he once again played an innings of 77 runs in the next Test at Sydney.
Talking about Rahul Dravid, Mayank Agarwal said according to Reuters, “He’s been a great mentor for us. We can always walk up to him, speak to him about our batting, about our thought process, the way we approach an innings or if there’s any technical difficulty.”
He also revealed how Rahul Dravid helped him to get ready for Test cricket. The former Indian captain spoke him to manage his mental energy to get success in the longest formats.
Mayank Agarwal added, “We had a few chats about my game and he figured that part out. He said ‘to do well in Test cricket, you need to manage your mental energy because you are up and about for all five days’. That’s something we spoke about. Also we figured out things we can control in the middle and focus on doing them.”
Rahul Dravid helped me a lot in the games I played for India A – KL Rahul
KL Rahul is the latest example of Rahul Dravid’s outstanding work as a mentor. After the IPL 2018, KL Rahul’s form massively dropped down in international cricket. He was even struggling to get to the double-digit scores in the last Australian tour.
After that disastrous run in international cricket, KL Rahul returned to India A where he got in touch with Rahul Dravid. Spending a lot of time with Rahul Dravid has worked for KL Rahul as he has just returned to the national team with some great batting performances.
In the recently concluded 2-match home T20I series against Australia, KL Rahul scored 50 and 47 runs respectively.
KL Rahul said, “Fortunately, I got to play some India A games and some games where the pressure was a little less, so that I can focus on my skill and my technique. I spent a lot of time with Rahul Dravid, working on my game and chatting about cricket. He helped me a lot in the games I played for India A.”
Like his playing career, once again Rahul Dravid is perfectly doing his job for the national team in the silent mode.
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