Rahul Dravid recently recalled his personal experience of not getting a chance on India’s A tour even after scoring the bulk of runs at the domestic level. The former Indian cricketer categorically stated that the focus is still on the development of the players and not winning games.
“I tell them upfront, if you come on an A tour with me, you will not leave here without playing a game,” The Cricket Monthly quoted Dravid as saying. “I’ve had that personal experience myself as a kid: going on an A tour and not getting an opportunity to play is terrible,” the 48-year-old recalled.
“You’ve done well, you scored 700-800 runs, you go, and you don’t get a chance to show what you’re good at. And then you’re back to square one from the selectors’ point of view because the next season you have to score those 800 runs again”.
Rahul Dravid also talked about the lack of knowledge Indian players had during his cricketing days. He recalled the days when
“Playing on the beach and playing on the road doesn’t make you a cricketer,” he says. We had a lot of people who loved the game. Unless you give that guy a proper matting wicket or a turf wicket unless you give him some half-decent coaching, some half-decent fitness assistance… where was all this in the 1990s and the 2000s? There was no access to it.
“We were starved of knowledge. Even in terms of fitness, we used to look at the Australians and South Africans and we used to look at their fitness trainers, and what did we get? ‘Don’t do too much gym, your body will become stiff. Bowl, bowl, and bowl. Run rounds and laps.”
Rahul Dravid is all set to coach India’s second-string side which will tour Sri Lanka for three ODIs and as many T20s. The BCCI announced the squad on Thursday. Shikhar Dhawan has been made the captain of the team, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been named as his deputy. The ODIs will take place on July 13, 16, and 18 while the T20Is will be played on July 21, 23, and 25.