India vs Sri Lanka: opportunity for Rahul Dravid to create future champions, according to VVS Laxman | Cricket News

MUMBAI: Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman believes the next white ball set against Sri Lanka is an opportunity for Rahul Dravid to create future champions.
Sri Lanka and India will face off in three ODIs and three T20Is, starting July 13. While Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been appointed vice-captain, Shikhar Dhawan will lead the team which will be coached by former skipper Dravid.
Laxman said it would also be an opportunity for Dravid to prove himself as a coach and that his simple experience would help the youngsters during the tour in Sri Lanka.
“I don’t think there is any pressure. This is an opportunity for Rahul Dravid to prove himself as a coach. We all know his contribution to Indian cricket, both as a player and as a coach. as no one, who was instrumental in the creation of (Team India’s Bench Strength) – both as the coach of India A and as the director of the National Cricket Academy, ”said Laxman on Star Sports’ Game Plan.
“I think this is an opportunity for him to create the future champions of Indian cricket. It is not necessary that everyone has the opportunity to play in this tournament.
“But spending time with Rahul and sharing his experiences – which he has already done with many of these players on the team – will improve their future and growth as Indian cricketers,” he added. .
Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan shared an anecdote from the 2007 World Cup, highlighting how Dravid always keeps his players in a positive frame of mind.
“It’s all about comfort. You play much better with a coach or a captain, who you are comfortable playing with. What Rahul Bhai brings is clear communication. Even when he was the leader. from the Indian cricket team, if someone had any problem, they could just go and see them and talk about it very freely, ”Irfan said.
“I remember one incident – when we lost the 2007 World Cup (ODI) – we were in the West Indies and he came up to me and Mahendra Singh Dhoni and said, ‘listen, I know we’re all upset , let’s go for a movie We went to see the movie and then we had half an hour to ask him things.
“He said, yes, we lost this World Cup, we wanted to make a difference, but that’s not the end; life is much bigger; we’ll be back tomorrow. He’s the kind of character that he is. He is always striving to put any cricketer in a positive frame of mind. If unfortunately (in Sri Lanka) someone loses his shape he will be the first to guide him and give him confidence, ”Irfan recalled.
Players like Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav are also part of the white ball squad and many other youngsters are planning to make their India debut in the Sri Lanka series.

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