The former India captain and NCA director Dravid becomes the head coach of an Indian led by Shikhar Dhawan team that is planned to tour Sri Lanka for a whiteball series next Month. The legendary batsman does not travel with die A and U-19 squad more, but it was him who made sure all squad members played on tours.
“I’ll tell them in advance when you come on an A tour with I, without you you won’t leave here playing a game. I had that personally experience Myself as a child: go on a Tour and no opportunity to get play is awful, “said Dravid in ESPNcricinfos ‘The Cricket Monthly’.
“You did well, you scored 700-800 points runs, you go and you don’t get one chance to show What you are good at the. And then you are back square one from the point of the selectors of view because die next Season you have to score this 800 runs again.
“That is not easy, also There are none guarantee you get a chance again. So you say people up in front: this is the one best 15 and we are playing You. This is not about the alleged one best XI. At U-19 we do fivesix changes between games if we can, ”he said.
Indian cricketers are some of the fittest now in the world But there was a time in that they didn’t have required Knowledge on fitness and envied die more sporty Australians and South Africans, said Dravid. Now in charge of of the National Cricket Academy has played Dravid key role in die Manufacturing next generation of Cricketers and a reserve pool what is the envy of India opponents.
In his playing Days, said Dravid consciousness just was not there. “Play on the beach and playing on die Street doesn’t make you a cricketer. It makes you someone who loves die game. We did. We had a lot of people who loved die game”Said Dravid.
Faithful Karnataka noticed this in his playing Days, even die international Cricketers didn’t really understand of die importance of fitness nor were they brought up about the same thing.
“Except for you give this guy a proper mat wicket or a lawn wicket, Except for you give he something half-decent coaching, something half-decent fitness Help … where was it all in die 1990s and 2000s? There was none access to. We were starved to death of Knowledge.
“Even in terms of fitness, we have die Looked at Australians and South Africans and we looked at theirs fitness trainers, and what did we get? ‘Don’t do too much gym, Your body becomes stiff. Bowl, bowl and bowl. Run rounds and laps, “he recalled.
(With PTI inputs)
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