Saturday, June 25, 2011

Rahul Dravid supports youngsters - modesty at it's best!

Just after Rahul Dravid took Team India to a test match win at Caribbean with a single-handed performance in 2nd innings, Indian media was all praise for The Wall and bashing the youngsters for their poor batting. But Rahul Dravid himself has spoken for these lads, praising their talent and motivating them to build a strong team in the future. This might have came as a surprise to many of his supporters given the fact that he was dropped from ODIs to make way for these youngsters. But, that's what Rahul Dravid is all about - a selfless team-man who cares for future of his national team over his place in the team.

Check this interview (found on Cricinfo)

Rahul Dravid, India's batting hero in their victory in the first Test against West Indies, has come out in support of the young talent breaking into the national team. India entered the series with a depleted side in the absence of first-choice players Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan, and it took a typically determined second-innings century from Dravid to set up the 63-run win in Jamaica. The young batsmen who came into the XI - with the exception of Suresh Raina in the first innings - wasted the opportunity to impress, but Dravid was confident that they would come good if backed consistently.

"These youngsters are even better than we were, in terms of talent," Dravid said after the match. "We put too much pressure on youngsters; we need to relax and give them time, we need to be patient with them, and we can't be questioning them after every one or two matches."

The Kingston Test marks 15 years since Dravid debuted along with Sourav Ganguly at Lord's in 1996, a series in which both did exceptionally well. VVS Laxman also debuted the same year, completing the core of what was to eventually become a world-class middle order, along with Tendulkar.
Dravid said the next generation of players had the potential to surpass even the class of 96. "We all needed time - we have been around for 15 years since we were given a bit of time and you can't expect performances straight away," Dravid said. "To be fair to these guys, they have been performing brilliantly in ODIs and I believe Indian cricket is in good hands and these youngsters are going to perform much better than we did even."

Dravid, along with VVS Laxman and MS Dhoni, played in Kingston without much time to acclimatise to the Caribbean or playing practice games. Dravid said it was one of the issues the team grappled with in Jamaica and hoped for improvements before the second Test in Barbados from the 28th.

"We know we need to do better than we did in this Test," Dravid said. "If we are honest we know there are areas we need to improve on, and hopefully we will get that right in Barbados. It has not been easy: a lot of guys have come off a flight two-three days before the Test and there's been no practice game. Hopefully this win is a good lead-up, and the guys will do better in the next game."



  2. RAHUL DRAVID is one of the rare breed of players who thrives on challenge

  3. RAHUL is a selfless player.who shows his class in first test against WI...may GOD bless him to do better in the next two tests.

  4. proud to be a rahul dravid fan...he is not only a great cricketer,but also a great human-being,i don't know why people misunderstand him.......i swear,i will always support him,in both his good and bad times...salute to my legend,salute to my hero.......

  5. Greater than Greates Sir Rahul Dravid :) consider him my Bro!
    guess wt i bought hes t shirt yestrday :D :p!
    finally gt 1 . .

    i wish he scores a DOUBLE HUNDRED in upcming tests

  6. love u jammy..ur d best!!

  7. I always keep him as my second father and tried all the way what he is teaching me how to face others and manners and everything...Simply U R THE BEST DRAVID SIR....Doesn't matter Whoever behind you all time I m there even after my death.

  8. no words for my idol...he dwserves words out of the roll model my hero....

  9. Rightly put.... Sir Rahul Dravid. The boss.