Know­ing the coach in Dravid

Sportstar - - PLAYERS’ VIEWS - WRIDDHAAYAN BHATTACHARYYA

When your 45­year­old coach jogs around 15 rounds — cov­er­ing the en­tire ground by the bound­ary line — in the post­lunch ses­sion of a Test match (un­of­fi­cial), you must have some done some­thing right to play un­der him.

Sport­star reached the Plat­inum Oval at Alur (Ben­galuru) in the sec­ond week of Au­gust to catch the four­day game be­tween In­dia ‘A’ and South Africa ‘A’.

Amid the Hanuma Vi­hari cen­tury and Duanne Olivier six­for, what left us flab­ber­gasted is Rahul Dravid’s grit. He may have re­tired six years ago, but his fit­ness lev­els didn’t. The man takes his car­dio se­ri­ously, and while he is at it, he would qui­etly note your poor run call, an artis­tic cover drive or a word you used to flare up the op­po­nent.

That’s not all, the In­dia ‘A’ and Un­der­19 coach is also the first to come out of the dress­ing room with gears. He would start with the reg­u­lar throw­downs, have a word or two with the net bowlers and then start the slip­catch­ing ex­er­cise.

Dravid is a man of few words, but ev­ery al­pha­bet of his would have a price tag.

“He won’t talk much. The few words he would speak would be pow­er­ful. For me, per­son­ally, Rahul sir has been a huge sup­port. I started last year in the South Africa tour and in a year, I have im­proved a lot as a bats­man.

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