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Rahul Dravid reveals how Kapil Dev’s advice helped him choose coaching after his retirement

Rahul Dravid revealed when he felt insecure in his international career, how Kapil Dev’s advice helped him choose to coach and what qualities he thinks are necessary to be successful as a cricketer.

Rahul Dravid retired from international cricket with more than 24,000 runs. (Reuters Photo)

Rahul Dravid retired from international cricket with more than 24,000 runs. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • There have been phases in my international career when I felt insecure: Rahul Dravid
  • Kapil Dev gave me this advice when I was coming to the end of my career: Dravid
  • Growing up as a young cricketer in India is not easy: Rahul Dravid

Former India captain and current NCA head Rahul Dravid on Friday opened up on his vision for youngsters as part of the Under-19 and India A set-up, how learning when to switch off away from cricket played a crucial role in his career and Kapil Dev’s advice helped him take coaching as a career.

Rahul Dravid, quit international cricket with more than 24,000 runs against his name, has since taken charge of India’s under-19 and A teams, overseeing the seamless transition of youngsters into the senior side

“After I finished [playing career] there were quite a few options and I wasn’t necessarily sure what to do. It was Kapil Dev who gave me this advice actually when I was in coming to the end of my career. I bumped into him somewhere and he said: ‘Rahul don’t commit to doing anything straightaway, go out and spend a few years just exploring and doing different things and see what you really like’. I thought it was good advice so I was also a little fortunate that at the back end of my career I was already in a sort of captain’s-coach kind of role with Rajasthan Royals,” Dravid told former India cricketer and current women’s team coach WV Raman.

Rahul also revealed he doubted himself as an ODI player when he was dropped from the Indian side in 1998 mainly due to his strike rate.

“There have been phases in my international career (when I felt insecure). I was dropped from the ODI team in 1998. I had to fight my way back in, was away from the Indian team for a year. There were certain insecurities than about whether I’m a good enough one-day player or not because I always wanted to be a Test player, was coached to be a Test player, hit the ball on the ground, don’t hit the ball in the air, coaching like that. You sort of worry whether you had the skills to be able to do it (in an ODI),” Dravid said.

Dravid also highlighted the phases of insecurities while growing up as a budding cricketer in India.

“I have gone through many phases of insecurities. Growing up as a young cricketer in India is not easy, there’s a lot of competition and especially in the times I grew up there was only the Ranji Trophy and the Indian team, there was no IPL. Even the money in Ranji Trophy was so poor that there was always that constant challenge. You’ve given up a career in studies, I was not bad in it, so I could’ve easily done an MBA or something. I forego that for a career in cricket and if the cricket didn’t work out there was nothing much to fall back on. So there was a level of insecurity at that age. This kind of helps me when I interact with cricketers of this generation. I can understand some of the insecurities that they go through,” Dravid added.

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