Knowing the coach in Dravid
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.