Rahul Dravid, the India Under-19 and India A coach, has credited Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble for making an agreeable situation to guarantee a smooth move for youngsters like Karun Nair and Jayant Yadav into international cricket. While Nair exceeded expectations with a radiant unbeaten triple century in the fifth Test against England at Chennai, Yadav was more than great with both bat and ball in the series.
Indeed, even as there has been a great deal of discuss the immeasurable inlet between India’s domestic cricket and international cricket, which is spanned by India A, where a gathering of periphery players are guided and drilled by Dravid, the previous batsman has redirected the credit for their prosperity far from himself.
“It’s great to see these young boys coming through the ‘A’ team setup and from domestic performances,” Dravid said on Sunday (December 25). “It is a tribute to I think the environment created in the national setup that they are coming through feeling comfortable and performing straightaway. Credit to Virat and Anil and what they have been doing at the national level. So we are seeing the results, nice to be a part of that process.”
“We are always in touch with the national team as to what is the skill set that they are looking at in the future,” he said. “Try and give opportunities. If they are looking at all rounders, we will try and play as many all rounders as we can at the junior level to see which all-rounder can make the step-up.
“I don’t think U-19 and A team is about results. Yes, we want to get results but it is really more about giving exposure, developing young people. Coaching is not only about developing them as players but also developing them as people so that they can have meaningful careers and lives from wherever they go on from here.”
One of Dravid’s best has been Nair, who has played under him for Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils, before graduating to play for India A. Talking about the youthful batsman’s late deed of scoring an unbeaten triple century against England in Chennai, Dravid said, “It’s fantastic. Incredible to score his first (Test) hundred and then go onto score a triple hundred. It not only speaks volumes about his ability but also his hunger and desire. That’s really important. It’s good and I am happy for Indian cricket and it is always good to see young people coming through. He can hopefully go on and build on from here. He has got the ability.”