Former Indian captain and Director of Cricket Operations at National Cricket Academy, Rahul Dravid turns 47
Dravid has always been known for his patience, resilience and above all, class
Dravid opted to mentor and mould the next generation of Indian cricket after retirement
Indian captain and Director of Cricket Operations at National Cricket
Academy, Rahul Dravid turns 47. With over 24000 international runs and
48 centuries, Dravid has always been known for his patience, resilience
and above all, class.
For a significant part of his 16-year Test
career, Dravid was the bulwark in India's star-studded batting lineup
that also included Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.
was his utmost quality. He didn't want to be known as the best. "Even
if my children don't remember that I scored over 10,000 runs, they would
remember I played with Sachin Tendulkar"- Rahul Dravid.
classical batsman who built his game around a near-impregnable defense
and an over-my-dead-body attitude, 'The Wall' was a purist's delight
even though teammates often eclipsed his best efforts.
Dravid has been the guardian of Indian Cricket, since the day he donned
the India cap. Years after his retirement, he still continues to do so,
taking the next generation of Indian cricket under his wings.
Dravid could have easily become the coach of the Indian senior team,
instead, he opted to mentor and mould the next generation of Indian
cricket, of which the Indian team is already paying rich dividends.
started work as coach of India A and India U-19 teams in 2015 and ever
since has given direction to quite a lot of budding cricketers'
Among his wards, Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shah and Hanuma Vihari have
taken to Test cricket like duck to water, all-rounder Vijay Shankar
played his World Cup, while Shubhman Gill broke into the ODI team in New
During his tenure as captain and mentor of IPL team
Rajasthan Royals, Dravid brought young talents like Unmukt Chand, Karun
Nair, Harmeet Singh and Sanju Samson to the fore.
Lokesh Rahul is
another beneficiary of Dravid's deep understanding of the game -
accumulated over 164 Tests and 344 ODIs - and batsmanship in particular.
Rahul, 26, was in crisis after a slump in form was followed by a brief
suspension for inappropriate comments on a television chat show.