Time and again, former Indian batting great Rahul Dravid has proved his worth. Having announced his retirement as a player in 2012, Dravid has actively involved himself in coaching and mentoring duties, grooming players for the big stage. After helping the likes of Shubman Gill and Manish Pandey, one of the latest sensations, Priyam Garg has sung words of praises for Rahul Dravid.
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Speaking on Helo App Live Chat, India’s U-19 captain revealed how Dravid helped him and talked about the impact of Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah in the Indian team. Priyam Garg served as the captain of the U-19 side that finished as the runners-up in the 2020 U-19 World Cup. Before the start of the tournament, Sunrisers Hyderabad opted for the 19-year old in the auction.
Priyam admitted that Rahul Dravid attended to him while batting in practice. The 47-year old advised the teen prodigy to concentrate more on timing than strength post which they won the Asia Cup. Priyam Garg commended the down-to-earth attitude of the 164-Test veteran while coaching or mentoring them.
“Rahul sir told how to practice. When I was batting in practice, Rahul sir called me and told me to use more time than strength. After that we won the Asia Cup and he was like our friend. For the last four years, I am with Rahul sir. He keeps talking to them, has benefited immensely, Rahul sir has never let us realize that he is such a big player.” the 19-year-old said as quoted by News18.
Priyam Garg lauds Rahul Dravid’s initiative of starting overseas tours for the junior side:
The right-handed batsman hailed the former Test batsman’s move of arranging for the U-19 and India A teams. According to Priyam Garg, the experience of playing in foreign conditions would benefit them a lot as over time; they can perform better.
“Now young players are also going on foreign tours. Rahul Dravid sir has started overseas tour for the Under 19 and India A teams. It benefits a lot. When young players go to Team India, then foreign conditions will not be new for them. They will have experience and will perform better.” Garg added.