Rahul Dravid, the "Wall" as we all know him, is a living legend. All of us were witness to his long battles at the crease and Test-saving efforts, and now are about to see his next phase - mentoring and nurturing of young talent.
He has created many records on field, but since his retirement ,he is creating cricketing gems. As the coach of India U-19, India A, and the mentor of Rajasthan Royals, and now of Delhi daredevils, he has introduced all of us to the upcoming cricketing talents. As he says, “I never judge players based on his price”.
Here is the list of a few players whom Rahul Dravid has introduced us to:
The current Vice-captain of the Indian Test squad is also one of Rahul Dravid’s students. Rajasthan Royals bought Rahane in 2011 when he wasn’t considered fit for T-20 cricket. Rahane proved his talent as a T-20 player in 2012 when he became the leading run-scorer for his team that year. He has consistently proved that he is capable of playing all 3 formats of cricket. Rahane has been constantly developing as a player.
The 24-year old has earned an India call-up for the upcoming limited overs series of Zimbabwe. This would be a huge opportunity for Karun to prove his adaptability to the international arena. Karun has been representing Karnataka in the domestic circuit since 2012. He has started making a name for himself through IPL from 2014 when he started playing for the Rajasthan Royals. He had scored 330 runs in 11 matches with an impressive strike rate of 142.24. Karun once again came into the limelight during the 2014-15 Ranji trophy when he scored 328 from 560 balls in the final to help Karnataka beat Tamil Nadu and lift the Ranji trophy.
Even thought he had a calm IPL in 2015, he came back well in the 2016 edition playing for Delhi Daredevils. He ended the tournament as the second-highest run-scorer for his side with three half-centuries. He now has a chance to prove himself in the International arena against Zimbabwe under Dhoni.
The wicket keeper-batsman was the find of IPL 2013. He impressed one and all with a 41-ball 63 in his second match, also becoming the youngest player to score an IPL 50. Samson was also awarded the 'best young player' award that year. His good run continued to the Champion’s league that year as he scored 192 runs from 6 matches. Samson proved to everyone that he is not a single-season player as he continued to do well in the 2014 edition of IPL. He is certainly one of the players to look out for in the international circuit in the future.
Rishabh is the ‘Rahul Dravid find of IPL 2016’. Pant was also a part of the India Under-19 team in 2016 that was coached by Rahul Dravid. During the auction, Delhi showed its trust in Pant and bought him for 1.6 crores. Rishabh managed to show his worth the very same day by scoring a century in the U-19 World Cup guiding India to the semi-finals. Rishabh has played crucial knocks for Delhi this IPL and has shown that he can soak in pressure. He has scored 198 runs at a healthy strike rate of 130.26. Lets hope Rishabh continues to grow as a player and makes Dravid and himself proud.
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