Rahul Dravid backs the axed Indian player to succeed in all formats

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Rahul Dravid backs KL Rahul to succeed in all three formats of the game

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02/01/2019

Rahul Dravid has stated that KL Rahul can be successful in all three formats of the game thanks to the immense talent that the Indian opener possesses. KL Rahul recently played for the India A side after his ban for making sexist and misogynistic comments on a talk show was lifted by the CoA.

After a horrible one year with the Indian team where his technical deficiencies were left wide open, KL Rahul brought more trouble to his life after his appearance alongside Hardik Pandya in the Bollywood Talk Show “Koffee with Karan” hosted by Bollywood producer and director Karan Johar. Some of the comments in the show were deemed sexist and misogynistic and didn’t cover the Indian cricketers in good light, which forced the CoA to induce a provisional ban on the duo. 

While the CoA changed their mind and lifted the ban on the duo after 10 days, Pandya made a nice comeback to the Indian team, but there has been no change whatsoever in Indian opener KL Rahul's form. Rahul was able to register scores of 13,42, and 0 against the visiting England Lions. However, he found a supporter in current India A coach Rahul Dravid who has backed him to make it big in cricket. 

“I have no doubt that he has got quality and ability. He is playing four-day games as well and he has shown that he can succeed at the international level in all three formats. He has got a hundred in T20, ODI, and Test and not many batsmen have that record he is a proven performer and I am not too worried about his form," the India A coach told PTI.

The India A team is being led by Ajinkya Rahane and has players like Rishabh Pant, Hanuma Vihari, and Rahul. On being asked about why the senior players were in the team for the developmental series, Dravid replied, “India A is always a combination of two things. There’s always some players coming in from India [senior team] and there are some other senior boys selectors want to see. They are looking at players some from a short-term perspective and there are other boys they are looking at medium and long term perspective. India A is a balance of both.”

“It’s always not about results. There are some players who we are looking at for the next 12 or 18 months. For some, the next couple of months might be important as they are trying to impress the selectors. As much as we have seen seniors like Rahane, Rahul, and Vihari, we have also seen a Himmat Singh [Delhi], Ricky Bhui [Andhra] or Ruturaj Gaekwad [Maharashtra],” the former India captain said. 

When asked about the workload and the management of players as there have been discussions about how the Ranji Trophy and India A tour clash has affected the quality of the premier domestic competition in the country, Dravid weighed in by saying, “It’s not an easy one to avoid but if you would have noticed in this series, we didn’t pick anyone who was involved in the Ranji Trophy, so we gave that importance to the quarterfinals, semi-finals and the final."

“But it’s not easy as we have to balance out the needs of some of these players. We have to develop those players and give them a level and standard that is higher than domestic cricket. If we don’t challenge our players at a level higher than domestic or first-class, how are we going to develop them to play international cricket," he added.

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