This is what Rahul Dravid had to say after what Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul did

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Rahul Dravid issues caution to Indian youngsters after Hardik Pandya-KL Rahul fiasco

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SportsCafe Desk

01/22/2019

Amidst all the controversy surrounding suspended Indian cricketers - Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul - India A coach Rahul Dravid believes that is important for young cricketers to use social media cautiously. Dravid added that the need for a psychologist was necessary to groom Indian youngsters.

The Hardik Pandya-KL Rahul saga has been trending in the past few weeks and showed no signs of slowing down over the weekend as Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrator (CoA) officials asked the court to intervene and investigate the issue. However, while the general public has been divided over the whole controversy, one of India’s most revered former cricketers, Rahul Dravid, issued a warning for youngsters.

Dravid, who guided the Indian colts to the U-19 World Cup title last year in New Zealand, emphasized on the need to educate Indian youngsters about the benefits and perils of social media in today’s world.

"You can get yourself a degree and still not learn anything. You may not have a degree in life, and yet you can learn so much. Education should not be equated with degrees. It should be equated with learning, observation, understanding what's good and what's bad. Curiosity doesn't require a degree.

"We've had some sessions for the boys with media professionals on how to handle the media and the challenges that come with it. We have used psychologists to come and talk on and off the field subjects. Roles and responsibilities that come along as you become public figures are important to understand. We've also briefly touched upon things like financial planning," Dravid told TOI.

Dravid, who represented India in 164 Test matches and also captained the national team, added that when you represent your country at the highest level, you have certain responsibilities that you need to keep in mind. Hence, it is now necessary to educate the youth about the positive and negative aspect of social media.

"It's important to switch off and relax off the field and it's a wrong notion that I didn't have fun (laughs)," he says. "It's not that I've not enjoyed myself or gone out. But when you represent your country and people recognise you, fortunately or unfortunately, there are responsibilities that come with that recognition. So you've got to lay down those rules for yourself.

"I grew up in an era when it was (social media) not around. For me, it's not been an issue. I think it's a question of how responsibly you use it. You're not going to be able to stop people from doing the stuff they want. Just be responsible and ask yourself if it's helping you professionally. You'll get the answer. Social media helps amplify your achievements and takes it to larger audiences. So does it amplify the pitfalls. So, you've got to choose wisely." Dravid added.

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