Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid is usually credited as one of many key contributors in laying the inspiration of the present Indian crew. A lot of kids who have been a part of the profitable Indian Test crew in the recently-concluded tour of Australia have been coached by Dravid in age-group and home ranges (India U-19 and India A).
Ajinkya Rahane, who led India to a superb 2-1 collection win in the absence of Virat Kohli, has now recalled a phone-call from Dravid forward of the facet’s departure to Australia. Rahane revealed the dialog with Dravid, and likewise identified that the previous Indian captain instructed him to “not bat a lot” in the online classes.
“Rahul bhai actually called me before the series, when we were leaving to Australia from Dubai. He said, ‘Don’t take any stress, I know you are leading the team after the first Test. Don’t worry about anything, just be strong mentally. Don’t bat a lot in the nets’, [which is] unlike Rahul bhai,” Rahane instructed Harsha Bhogle in an interplay.
“Rahul bhai loves batting, and he was like ‘that is the error I did’. He mentioned, ‘Don’t bat a lot in the nets, your preparation is actually good, you are batting so nicely. So, do not take any stress. Just take into consideration how you will lead the crew, how you will give confidence to the gamers. Don’t fear in regards to the consequence, it can maintain itself’.
“That conversation really made it easy, Rahul bhai telling me to not bat a lot in the nets. It was really good.”
India confronted a humiliating defeat in the primary Test of the collection because the facet was bowled out on 36 in the second innings, however made an unbelievable comeback to defeat Australia 2-1. The facet secured wins in Melbourne and Brisbane, and held the hosts to a powerful draw in Sydney.
The facet additionally inflicted a first defeat on Australia in 32 years on the Gabba, whereas registering a maiden Test win on the venue.
Team India will return to motion on Feburary 5 with a four-Test collection towards England, which can mark the return of worldwide cricket to the nation for the primary time because the sport got here to a halt as a result of coronavirus pandemic. The first two Tests will happen in Chennai, whereas the remaining two are scheduled to happen on the revamped Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Virat Kohli will return to the Indian crew as captain, whereas Rahane will resume his function as vice-captain in the longest format of the sport.