Former India skipper Rahul Dravid has given credit to Test skipper Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble for ensuring a smooth transition of youngsters from the domestic to the international circuit. Dravid has also expressed his happiness for Karun Nair and termed his triple-ton as “fantastic”.
Despite being reportedly offered the post of coach of the senior team, Rahul Dravid had refused to take up the mantle, rather choosing to be with the players from India-A and Under-19. Under his guidance, the Indian colts have gone from strength to strength and the huge gulf between the domestic and international cricket has also been bridged.
Dravid, in an interview to the
Dravid expressed his happiness over the success of Karun Nair. Nair, who struck a brilliant triple-century in only the third innings of his career, was under the close vigilance of Rahul Dravid since his Rajasthan Royals days and has worked under him in the A set-up and Delhi Daredevils as well.
"It's fantastic. Incredible to score his first (Test) hundred and then go
"Great to see guys like Karun,
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"We are always in touch with the national team as to what is the skill-set that they are looking at in the future. Try and give opportunities. If they are looking at all-rounders, we will try and play as many all-rounders as we can at the junior level to see which all-rounder can make the step-up."
He added, "I don't think U-19 and A team is about results. Yes, we want to get results but it is really more about giving exposure, developing young people. Coaching is not only about developing them as players but also developing them as people so that they can have meaningful careers and lives from wherever they go on from here."
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