Dravid said that Indian cricketers are now considered to be the fittest in the world but there was a time when they did not have the necessary knowledge of fitness.
National Cricket Academy (NCA) director Rahul Dravid said that when he was the coach of India’s Under-19 and ‘A’ level teams, he made sure that every player on tour gets a chance to play matches, But this was not the case in his time. The credit goes to Dravid for nurturing India’s young talent. He will now coach India’s limited overs team touring Sri Lanka next month. Shikhar Dhawan will lead this team. Dravid no longer goes with India A and Under-19 teams but it was he who started it that every player going on tour should get a chance to play matches. Also Read – Coach Greg Chappell taught Team India to win while chasing: Suresh Raina
According to ESPNcricinfo, ‘I used to tell them in advance that if you have come with me on ‘A’ team tour, then you will not leave without playing a match from here. When I used to play at the junior level, I had my own experiences. It used to be very bad to go on ‘A’ team tour and not get a chance to play matches. Also Read – Before leaving for England, BCCI handed over the T20 World Cup 2020 prize money to the women’s team
He said, ‘You do well. You score 700-800 runs. You go with the team and there you don’t get a chance to show your ability. After that you have to score those 800 runs again in the next season to grab the attention of the selectors. Also Read – Ankit Chavan requests MCA to issue letter, will BCCI lift the ban?
Dravid said, ‘It is not easy to do this, so there is no guarantee that you will get a chance again. So you have to tell the players in the beginning that these are the best 15 players and we will play with them. Even if it’s not the best XI. At the U-19 level, we can make five-six changes between matches.
Dravid said Indian cricketers are now considered to be the fittest in the world but there was a time when they did not have the necessary fitness knowledge and were envious of the more agile Australian and South African players. Now that Dravid is the head of the National Cricket Academy, he is playing a vital role in grooming the next generation of cricketers.