Gautam Gambhir predicts Rahul Dravid will be a successful coach
By SMCS - Nov 17, 2021 8:00 pm
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Former India opener Gautam Gambhir is confident that newly-appointed Team India head coach Rahul Dravid will be a successful coach in his tenure with Team India. While speaking on Star Sports’ show Follow the Blues, he shared Dravid’s contribution to the team in the past.

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Rahul Dravid

He also shared how Dravid has excelled as a captain during his playing days and also as a coach of the U-19 teams. Gambhir, who had shared the dressing room with him in the past, lauded his work ethic and suggested that the same approach will be beneficial for the Indian team as well.

He said: “He was a very successful player then he became a very successful captain and I’m sure he is going to become a very successful coach as well. With him in that dressing room, I think he brings a lot of assurance, he’s played more than 100 Test matches. He’s captained the side, his work ethics were unbelievable, really hard working. So, I think he brings a lot on the table.”

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India’s home series against New Zealand is Dravid’s first assignment since he has taken over the reins. The two teams are slated to play a three-match T20I series, followed by two Test matches as well. Apart from Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, and Hardik Pandya have been rested for the T20I series. On the other hand, New Zealand’s regular captain Kane Williamson and Kyle Jamieson won’t take part as well.

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Team India

Rohit Sharma said after the win: “Towards the end we saw it wasn’t easy, was a great learning for the guys because those guys haven’t batted in that situation before for India. It was great learning for them to understand what needs to be done, it’s not about power hitting all the time and you try and put the ball to the left or right of the fielder and try and take singles or find boundaries. As a team we are happy that those guys got to bat in that situation and finished the game off. Technically was a good game, missing a few players and to come and see what the new players have in terms of ability and I think the way we pulled it back in the last 3-4 overs was magnificent. In the end it was a great effort from all our bowlers.”

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He continued: “They (Ashwin and Axar) bowl in tandem for the Delhi Capitals and they are always looking to take wickets which is a good sign and it’s important to try and put the brakes and those guys do that. Surya batted birlliantly and that’s how he plays, he played some percentage shots as well and plays spin really well and uses the pace well for the fast bowlers. We (Boult and I) played a lot of cricket together and he knows my weakness and I know his strength, it’s a good fight between the two. When I captain him I always tell him to bluff, and that’s exactly what he did. He put the mid-wicket back and put the fine leg up and I knew he was gonna bowl a bouncer and I was just trying to put it over the fielder but unfortunately there wasn’t much pace on the ball.”