Team India’s head coach Rahul Dravid admitted that the management would like veteran middle-order batter Ajinkya Rahane to score more runs. At the same time, he asserted, like Cheteshwar Pujara at the start of the Kanpur Test, that Rahane is only one match away from finding form again.
Indian batter Cheteshwar Pujara has stated that Rahul Dravid coming in as coach of the Indian team will help not only the younger players but senior players like him as well. It is no secret that Pujara has modelled his game on Dravid. In fact, he took over the No. 3 spot in India’s Test team following Dravid’s retirement.
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has expressed surprised at Rahul Dravid’s decision to take over as the head coach of the Indian team considering that he has a young family. Dravid’s coaching stint with the Indian team began with the first T20I of the three-match series against New Zealand in Jaipur on Wednesday. India won the match by five wickets following a mini-stutter.
Former Australia captain Greg Chappell has claimed that Rahul Dravid, the current head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), picked "Australian brains", replicated the style in India to turn young cricketers into match-winners. Incidentally, Dravid was the captain for most of Chappell's tenure as Indian coach (2005 to 2007). The Aussie legend resigned from his post after India were dumped out of the 2007 World Cup in the first round.
The 2007 T20 World Cup win was a watershed moment in Indian cricket. Not only did it bring Indian cricket glory following the disaster in the 50-over World Cup few months back, but also went a long way in popularising the version of the sport in India. Only a year later, the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) came into being
India's Test number three batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has praised former India captain Rahul Dravid for teaching him the significance of switching off from the game. Pujara replaced Dravid at the pivotal number three position in Tests for India, and is often hailed as his rightful successor.
While Sachin Tendulkar is often termed as the greatest batsman of all time, the underrated Rahul Dravid has been finally given his due of sorts. The unassuming Dravid has been voted as the greatest Indian batsman in Test cricket in the last 50 years in an opinion poll by Wisden India.
Indian cricket has come to a standstill in the wake of Coronavirus as all cricketing activity has been suspended since March. While the ODI series against South Africa had to be postponed, the 2020 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has also been put on hold indefinitely.