India’s new white ball skipper Rohit Sharma has urged the Indian players to take inspiration from the head coach Rahul Dravid and the way he played his cricket to achieve extraordinary success in his career. Rahul Dravid has recently taken over as the Indian head coach, succeeding Ravi Shastri, and will be working in tandem with the two Indian skippers Rohit and Virat Kohli to take India’s white ball and red ball teams forward.
Rohit was appointed India’s full-time white-ball skipper in unusual circumstances yesterday, despite the fact that the former captain Virat Kohli, while stepping down as the T20I skipper, had clearly stated that he wanted to lead India in tests and ODIs. BCCI didn’t want the ODI reins in Kohli’s hands any further and with the talismanic batsman not ready to resign, the governing body eventually had to sack him.
Rahul Dravid has a difficult man-management task in his hand
Kohli’s sacking has now created a very tricky scenario in the Indian dressing room, not just for the players, but for the head coach Rahul Dravid as well, who is hardly a month into the job and is expected to pull off probably the toughest man-management task any coach has had in his hand in the last decade or so.
Since Dravid has to work with both Rohit and Kohli in different formats, he has to maintain a good relationship with both captains and clearly define the brand of cricket India has to play in the next couple of years.
Rohit, in his chat with the Indian journalist Boria Majumdar, backed Dravid to provide all the guidance the young cricketers would need at this level and form a leadership set up where the players will have the security and freedom to go out there and perform their roles.
According to Rohit, he has himself heard Dravid say many times that he was not the most talented cricketer around, but the reason why he managed to score as many runs as he did was that he worked hard on his game and had a method to score runs. Rohit believes Dravid’s philosophy will eventually reflect on the current Indian team as well, as they will look to find a way out of every situation.
"Rahul Dravid bhai was a brilliant Cricketer, we all know that without a doubt. We all know how he has played his cricket. He himself has come out and said on so many occasions that he was not so talented. He had to work so hard to get where he is today." – Rohit Sharma
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) December 9, 2021