We’re still hungover from yesterday’s events at the Gabba. On a ground that is Australia’s fortress, India pulled off the improbable to register a test series win for the ages.
The highlight of this series was India’s youngsters punching above their weight and showing their mettle. With so many key players lost to injury, the team management was compelled to throw a lot of newcomers into the deep end. The series saw as many as five debutants for India, and none disappointed.
This surplus of young talent, however, isn’t something that was achieved overnight. It is the result of an elaborate process put in place by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and one man has played a key role in it all. Rahul Dravid has been instrumental in shaping the careers of young cricketers and grooming them for the big stage.
After drawing curtains to a glittering international career in 2012, the legendary batsman has remained deeply involved in Indian cricket. He enjoyed an immensely fruitful stint as the coach of India’s under-19 and A teams, and now helms the National Cricket Academy (NCA). It would be unfair to credit Dravid alone for the supply chain of young cricketers that India enjoys today. Indian cricket, after all, has an admirable structure for domestic cricket that regularly throws up new talent. Dravid, however, has been responsible for the effective transition of these talents from domestic to international cricket. All of the young heroes of the Australia series, be it Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur or Mohammed Siraj, have graduated from Dravid’s finishing school.
After the series win yesterday, Indian fans took to Twitter to express their gratitude to Dravid..
He is NOT on Twitter but #RahulDravid is the man behind the rise of all these players at National Cricket Academy and India `A’ : Gill, Shardul, Sundar, Siraj, Saini, Pant…Let us hail Dravid the astute cricket mind even as we celebrate the feat Down Under🙏🙏🙏🙏
— Vijay Lokapally (@vijaylokapally) January 19, 2021
Real man of the series – Rahul Dravid. Building such a great bench strength through India A. Moulded in his personality – grit, resilience and immense self belief!!
— Mandar Dandekar (@MandarDandekar) January 19, 2021
Goes to show nice guys do finish first! https://t.co/JI4YxWAVMI
— Chandra R. Srikanth (@chandrarsrikant) January 19, 2021
In an office at the NCA in Bangalore, Rahul Dravid must be watching and feeling proud of the India A and India U19 programs he’s developed, which gave India their depth.
Then, he’ll quietly get back to work planning the next series.
— Snehal Pradhan (@SnehalPradhan) January 19, 2021
“Because he’s not our hero. He’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark knight”
— Priyangshu Gogoi (@PriyangshuG) January 19, 2021
— Dr. Smriti (@dentist_chick) January 19, 2021
— RVCJ Media (@RVCJ_FB) January 19, 2021
We just cannot forget what Rahul Dravid has done with our younger players. We’re wondering how can they be so resilient in their 1st or 2nd matches! Let’s not forget they’ve been trained & mentored by Dravid. Who’s still serving Indian cricket like none other! 🇮🇳🏏 https://t.co/sz5RPfPQF9
— Sohini (@Mittermaniac) January 17, 2021
In the end, Rahul Dravid will be known as India’s greatest cricketer. His legacy will far outstrip the rest of the greats.
Cricket is not an individual sport. It’s a team game and there has never been a team man and team builder like Dravid in Indian cricket.
— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) January 19, 2021
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) January 17, 2021