India head coach Rahul Dravid has said that his job is only to support and help the team and if India wins the maiden Test series in South Africa it will be players’ success.
India won the first Test of the three-match Test series by 113 runs and after the comprehensive victory in the first Test India will be eyeing winning the first-ever series in South Africa by winning the second Test which will begin at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Monday.
Speaking at a press conference on the eve of the second Test against South Africa, Rahul Dravid who was the captain of the team India that won the first-ever Test in South Africa at the Wanderers in Johannesburg said:
“It is very different as a player and a captain, having led the team here in 2006-07. It was a lovely memory as well. But, as a coach, my role is to support and help the team and it is really their success.”
He added that if India wins the series “a large part ” of the credit should go to players because they do the ” tough job”. He said:
“ I guess there will be some satisfaction if we are able to do that, from a coaching perspective. But, a large part (of credit) for that success should go to the players. They are the ones who do the tough job, they are the ones who play in the middle. Our job is just to support them.”
Dravid also mentioned that the Indian team will have to work very hard to win the series as South Africa can bounce back strong. He said:
“It would mean a lot for the group of guys to be able to win a Test match here. But we are going to have to work very hard over the next five days. I expect South Africa to bounce back as they usually do.”
For Some Reason, The Boys Have Always Enjoyed Playing At The Wanderers – Rahul Dravid
India have been undefeated in Johannesburg having played five Tests India won two games and three ended in a draw. Dravid when asked about India’s sensational record at the venue, he replied:
“Yeah, it’s a tough one (on India’s unbeaten record). We have done well right through the time when even I played here. For some reason, the boys have always enjoyed playing at the Wanderers. It’s a quicker pitch but maybe the bounce is not as much as it has been in the past in Centurion. I can’t exactly put a finger on the reason. Maybe it is a familiarity with the city, the ground. For some reason, we have done well. It is hard to figure out why but we hope we can continue that.”
Rahul Dravid added that the surface at the Wanderers is always challenging. He said:
“It is a challenging wicket. One of the things you do know when you go into a game at The Wanderers is, generally, the weather holds over five days. You expect to get a result there. That’s an exciting part of being in these kind of contests.”
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