We are excited to have Dravid, says Rahul

Rohit Sharma as leader will bring a lot of calm into dressing room, the new India vice-captain says

Updated - November 15, 2021 11:04 pm IST

Published - November 15, 2021 08:36 pm IST - Jaipur

KL Rahul called new skipper Rohit Sharma a tactical genius. File

KL Rahul called new skipper Rohit Sharma a tactical genius. File

K.L. Rahul shares a longstanding bond with new India head coach Rahul Dravid. Over 15 years ago, Rahul scored two double centuries for Mangalore Zone in the KSCA inter-zonal under-13 tournament, and caught the eye of Dravid.

Dravid, then an India star, called Rahul aside and had a long chat with him. The young Rahul was over the moon to gain an audience with a legend.

Also read: India vs New Zealand | Early dew likely to minimise toss advantage in first T20I in Jaipur

Rahul may have now climbed the ranks to become an India star himself, but he still feels a sense of excitement at the prospect of interacting with Dravid.

'Fortunate to know Dravid'

“I’ve been fortunate to know him (Dravid) for a long time. As a youngster, I tried to pick his brain and better understand the art of batting. He has been more than kind to us with his time back home in Karnataka. Having him here is a great opportunity for us to get better as cricketers. We all know what a big name he is, and what he has done for the country,” Rahul said on Monday.

“I’ve played a couple of games under Dravid in the India ‘A’ set up, and we’ve had a chat with him before coming here. He was a team man when he was playing, and that is the sort of culture he wants here. He wants everyone to put the team ahead of individual goals. We are excited to have him. It is a great time for Indian cricket,” Rahul said.

Also read: India vs New Zealand | In search of vital runs, Rahane grinds it out at BKC

The three-match T20I series against New Zealand, which commences at Jaipur on Wednesday, will also see Rohit Sharma taking over as T20 captain from Virat Kohli.

'Rohit tactically good'

“There is nothing new about Rohit being captain. For as long as I can remember, he has been the captain of Mumbai Indians. His stats speak for itself. He has a great understanding of the game. He is tactically very good, and that is why he has been able to achieve great things as a leader. He will bring a lot of calm into the dressing room.

“The next few days and weeks will be exciting, as we will understand what sort of goals and culture that Rohit has in mind. It’s a big change in Indian cricket, and we’re all very excited about it,” Rahul said.

He wants everyone to put the team ahead of individual goals.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.