new Delhi: Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid said that the advice of legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev helped him find an option after retirement, after which he took over the coaching post of India A and Under-19 teams.
Dravid said that he was also fortunate that at the end of his career he was playing the role of captain-cum-coach in the Indian Premier League team Rajasthan Royals.
Dravid told Indian women’s team coach WV Raman on their YouTube channel Inside Out, “After I stopped playing (after retiring) there were very few options and I was not sure what to do.” . So it was Kapil Dev who advised me and this happened during the end of my career. ”
Dravid said, “I met him somewhere and he said, Rahul don’t go straight and do nothing, just look and do different things for the first time and then see what you really like.” I thought this was good advice. ”
This great cricketer said that initially he liked to commentary, but later he felt that he was a little away from the game. Dravid said, “What I find most satisfying is to stay connected to the game and stay in touch with the players. I loved things like coaching and when I got a chance, I got involved with India A and Under-19 teams. ”
The former Indian captain said, “I thought it was a good place to start and I accepted it and I have enjoyed it so far.” I find coaching more satisfying. ”
The legendary batsman, who scored 13,288 runs in 164 Tests for India between 1996 and 2012, said, “Particularly the coaching part of helping develop, whether it is India A team, Under-19 team or NCA ( National Cricket Academy). This gave me a chance to work with a lot of players and in it I was not even worried about the immediate result, which I think was good for my work. He also supported the BCCI’s decision to limit the under-19 players to one World Cup.
Dravid is also the head of cricket for NCA in Bangalore, he said, “Instead of just 15 to 20 players, we could have provided facilities to 45 to 50 players in NCA which included good coaches, good physios, good trainers.” ‘
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