Rahul Dravid Opens Up On How He Made Sure A Game For Each Player On ‘A’ Tours
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Rahul Dravid Opens Up On How He Made Sure A Game For Each Player On ‘A’ Tours

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Rahul Dravid will be the head coach for team India ahead of their tour to Sri Lanka starting from July 13. Former legendary cricketer Rahul Dravid is widely lauded for his efforts for his great work in the grassroots levels for the Indian team. The former elegant right-hand batsman is also the director of NCA and has shaped a lot of young careers by instilling self-belief and a winning attitude within them as an India A and U-19 coach.

Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI
Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI

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Rahul Dravid has also been handed over the role of head coach recently for India’s forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka starting on July 13. He will be in charge of a fairly young squad with Shikhar Dhawan being named as the skipper.

Many countries are envious of the fact that how India has managed to pull this incredible feat by creating a strong B side and sending their players with the first-choice players mostly Test specialists unavailable due to the team’s tour of the United Kingdom.

Inzamam-ul-Haq | AFP
Inzamam-ul-Haq | AFP

Inzamam-Ul-Haq was mighty impressed by this fact of India playing two tours simultaneously and credited Rahul Dravid for his brilliant work at the Under-19 level. The head coach for the Lankan tour opened up about his experience with the A tours and what advice he gave to the players which made them perform well consistently for long periods of time.

“I tell them upfront, if you come on an A tour with me, you will not leave here without playing a game. I’ve had that personal experience myself as a kid: going on an A tour and not getting an opportunity to play is terrible,” Dravid ESPNcricinfo’s ‘The Cricket Monthly’.

Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Nitish Rana, K Gowtham and Chetan Sakariya got maiden India call-ups.

Rahul Dravid Sheds Light On Lessons He Taught To Youngsters At The Under-19 Level

The legendary cricketer also expressed his point on how a player might feel saddened by not getting a look in even though he has performed well in the domestic circuit, Rahul Dravid also made them understand the value of not getting complacent as there is no guarantee in the playing XI for the A tours.

“You’ve done well, you scored 700-800 runs, you go, and you don’t get a chance to show what you’re good at. And then you’re back to square one from the selectors’ point of view because the next season you have to score those 800 runs again. It is not easy to do that, so there is no guarantee you’ll get a chance again.

“So, you tell people upfront: this is the best 15 and we are playing them. This is not about the supposed best XI. At U-19, we make five-six changes between games if we can,” he said.

Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar Image-AP
Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar Image-AP

Shikhar Dhawan will captain the 20 members Indian side. He was the leading run-scorer in IPL 2021 before it was postponed with 380 runs from 8 games averaging 54.28 and he was the 2nd highest run-getter in IPL 2020 too with 618 runs in 17 games. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be the vice-captain of the team during the tour of Sri Lanka.

Prithvi Shaw has earned a call-up into the white-ball squad following his excellent form in IPL 2021 (308 runs) and Vijay Hazare Trophy (827 runs). Opening batsmen Devdutt Padikkal and Ruturaj Gaikwad have also been named to the squad for the first time. Devdutt Padikkal (473 runs in IPL 2020 and 195 runs in IPL 2021) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (204 runs in IPL 2020 and 196 runs in IPL 2021) have been consistent since they debuted in IPL 2020 at UAE.

India’s squad: Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan (Wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (Wicket-keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, K Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Vice-captain), Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya

Net Bowlers: Ishan Porel, Sandeep Warrier, Arshdeep Singh, Sai Kishore, Simarjeet Singh

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