Rahul Dravid Aims to 'Give the Right Exposure' Than Often Focusing on 'Results'

Published - 22 Jul 2018, 03:38 PM

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid urges young guns to work hard. Credits: BCCI

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India A coach Rahul Dravid has once again put his weight behind giving the exposure to his wards rather solely setting a sight on the results. Fondly, know as ‘The Wall’, Dravid has time and again made a point that it is not always about producing the right results quite often.

In fact, what matters more in Rahul Dravid’s dictionary is players should get a right kind of an exposure, in a bid to play in such most difficult and different conditions respectively.

Furthermore, the young players should know how they should tackle the situation. What shots they should play and where the bowlers should bowl at crucial junctions of the match.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid. Credits: BCCI

Therefore, it is always about learning new things under the tutelage of veteran Dravid.

Moreover, it is about getting the right exposure at the right time for every player. Thus, Dravid has proven to be a perfect gardener who has taken good care of his orchard in a literal. In fact, he has helped youngsters to blossom like a star in every condition.

“From a coaching perspective, there were a lot of lessons that we learned through the course of this trip. There were some challenging wickets that we got to play on and the quality of the opposition was very good as well. On tours like these, I feel the critical element is not so much the result, but it is really about the exposure and opportunities that you give to the players,” Rahul Dravid said while talking to BCCI.tv.

Former Team India batsman, Dravid also believes it is a good idea to have shadow tours. India A was on tour of England simultaneously with the senior side. Therefore, both teams can benefit from each other from time-to-time.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid. Credits: ICC Twitter.

Deepak Chahar and Krunal Pandya were added to India’s Twenty20 International side. In fact, Chahar also received his chance in the playing XI.

Furthermore, Ajinkya Rahane and Murali Vijay also played for India A side to get acclimatized to the English conditions before the kick off of Test series.

“It is a great idea to have shadow tours. It may not be always possible, but whenever it is possible, it is highly beneficial. A lot of players have joined the national side from this team. It also gave an opportunity to Ajinkya Rahane and M Vijay to come down and spend time with us and play a practice game that was competitive and tough,” he added.

Meanwhile, Pant was able to get his maiden call-up to the Test squad. Dravid said that the southpaw combative batsman has shown an upward swing in his improvement graph.

“Rishabh was quite excellent on the tour. He is obviously a very talented player. He showed in three or four innings that he was willing to bat differently. We all know the way he bats. Even in the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy season when he got over to 900 runs his S/R was 100 plus and we have seen him bat similarly in the IPL as well,” he concluded.


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