There is hardly anyone better than Rahul Dravid to guide a youngster, who is willing to flourish in Test cricket. Even though the former Indian captain has played over 500 international games, including 344 ODIs, Test cricket has always remained his strongest suit. In a videocast with former Indian cricketer and commentator, Sanjay Manjrekar, Dravid underlined the difference between the Test and T20 format.
Often known as the Wall of Indian cricket, Rahul Dravid was known for wearing down bowlers with his steadfast technique, determination, and a solid front foot defence. Some of his best knocks in Test cricket have come against Australia, Pakistan, and England, having also played in the English County cricket for Kent to regain his form.
Dravid opines that an athlete cannot survive in Test cricket if they have a glaring blind spot in their game. He compared with T20 cricket, wherein the right-handed batsman feels that one can get away even having weakness in that format. As far as Tests are concerned, the former Indian skipper is firm that a player needs to have a solid technique to succeed.
“Compared to Test cricket, you can get away with a lot more in T20 cricket, if you have glaring weaknesses, you cannot survive in Test cricket, in T20 cricket, the nature of game is such that you can have a specific role, you can get away with stuff in T20I cricket and there is no way to get away with it in Tests.” Dravid said as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo.
There is a lot more pressure in a Test match: Rahul Dravid
The 164-Test veteran admits that the pressure is immense in T20 cricket since batsmen have to start scoring from the get-go. But he feels that, in contrast, pressure in a Test match extends to all five days due to which the players have to be on the top of the game at all times.
“The need to start scoring in T20I cricket from the very start comes with immense pressure. But if you are talking about pressure as a whole, I do not think there is any pressure that is as intense as going through five days of a Test match.” he added.