Extensively credited for creating India’s expertise pool on the under-19 and A stage, former captain and NCA Director Rahul Dravid says throughout his stint as coach with these groups, he made certain that each cricketer who toured bought a recreation in contrast to his enjoying days.
Dravid will likely be head coach of a Shikhar Dhawan-led Indian team that will tour Sri Lanka for a white-ball collection subsequent month. He doesn’t journey with the A and U-19 squads any extra but it surely was he who made certain all of the squad members performed on excursions.
“I inform them upfront, should you come on an A tour with me, you’ll not depart right here with out enjoying a recreation. I’ve had that private expertise myself as a child: occurring an A tour and never getting a chance to play is horrible,” Dravid ESPNcricinfo’s ‘The Cricket Month-to-month’.
“You’ve finished properly, you scored 700-800 runs, you go, and also you don’t get an opportunity to indicate what you’re good at. And then you definately’re again to sq. one from the selectors’ perspective, as a result of the following season you must rating these 800 runs once more.
“It’s not straightforward to do this, so there isn’t any assure you’ll get an opportunity once more. So that you inform individuals upfront: that is the perfect 15 and we’re enjoying them. This isn’t in regards to the supposed finest XI. At U-19, we make five-six modifications between video games if we are able to,” he stated.
Indian cricketers at the moment are among the many fittest on the earth however there was a time when they didn’t have the required information on health and envied the extra athletic Australians and South Africans, Dravid stated.
Now accountable for the Nationwide Cricket Academy, Dravid has performed a key position in producing the following era of cricketers and a reserve pool which is the envy of India’s opponents.
In his enjoying days, Dravid stated the attention simply wasn’t there.
“Enjoying on the seashore and enjoying on the street doesn’t make you a cricketer. It makes you somebody who loves the sport. That’s what we had. We had lots of people who cherished the sport,” Dravid stated.
“Except you give that man a correct matting wicket or a turf wicket, until you give him some half-decent teaching, some half-decent health assistance- the place was all this within the Nineties and the 2000s? There was no entry to it. We have been starved of information.
“Even when it comes to health, we used to take a look at the Australians and South Africans and we used to take a look at their health trainers, and what did we get? ‘Don’t do an excessive amount of health club, your physique will turn out to be stiff. Bowl, bowl and bowl. Run rounds and laps’,” he recalled.