T20I vice-captain of India National Cricket Team KL Rahul has said that Head Coach Rahul Dravid creates an atmosphere where everybody feels comfortable.
Rahul Dravid was recently appointed as India’s new head coach after Ravi Shastri’s tenure came to end following the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. Also, Rahul Dravid will face a tough challenge in his first series as a permanent India Head Coach as India will lock horns with New Zealand in a three-match T20 International series and the two-match Test series at home.
Talking about Dravid in the Press-conference opening batsman KL Rahul said:
“Rahul Dravid comes in as well, really looking forward to working with the new coaching staff over the next 2 weeks,”
I Have Been Fortunate Enough To Know Rahul Dravid For A Very Long Time – KL Rahul
The 29-year-old further added that he has been fortunate to know Dravid very well from his junior days in Karnataka cricket and he as a youngster has always tried to pick his brain. Rahul said:
“Look, I have been fortunate enough to know him for a very long time. As a youngster, I did try to pick his brain. He was very helpful to all of us back home in Karnataka. He has helped the boys across the country. Having him here with us as a part of that setup will give us an opportunity to learn.”
“We all know how big a name Rahul Dravid is, we have a great opportunity to learn from him and get better as cricketers. When it comes to coaching, I have played a couple of games with India A setup. He is somebody who has a great understanding of the game and creates an atmosphere where everybody is comfortable. He has always been a great team man,” he added.
Vice-captain Rohit Sharma has been appointed as permanent captain of India in T20Is and KL Rahul will be his deputy in the shorter format of the game. Talking about the vice-captain responsibility Rahul said that he will try to create an atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable. He asserted:
“Yes, there will be an added responsibility but it is something that I have enjoyed doing. The most important thing would be to create an atmosphere in the dressing room where people coming in feel happy and welcome and they go out to express themselves,”
Meanwhile, the three-match T20 Internationals series between India and New Zealand will begin from 17 November at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur, the second T20I will be played at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi on November 19, and the third T20I at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on November 21.
After that, the first Test match of the series will begin on November 25 at Green Park, Kanpur and the second Test will commence on December 3 at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
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