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I am inexperienced as a coach: Rahul Dravid

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Lower-order contribution good for Indian cricket : Former captain Rahul Dravid
Lower-order contribution good for Indian cricket : Former captain Rahul Dravid

Former India captain Rahul Dravid said learning is a two-way process and he is benefiting on that front in his role as the India A coach. Dravid, who hung his international boots in 2012, said as a coach he is inexperienced and still has a lot to learn.
“Coaching at the India A level is not about teaching technique. They don’t reach this level without having basic technique, skill and ability. Talking to them, sharing some of the experiences and sharing some knowledge is what matters.”There is a lot to learn for me as well. I’m inexperienced as a coach, I’m learning every day. It’s been a great experience working with a lot of the younger players. I’m benefiting as much as they are,” Dravid was quoted as saying by The Times of India.
Dravid, who was part of India’s ‘fab four’ along with Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, said his experience with the India A team has been good and he sees a lot of young talent in the country.The first two months have been good. I’ve had a chance to take a look at the young talent in India. There’s good talent. They need experience; they need to play more matches,” he said.
India A are hosting Bangladesh A for a three-match one-day and one unofficial Test series this month. Dravid said such matches will give more exposure to young Indian players.
“Matches like these, against good teams like Bangladesh, will do them good. Performing well here is good for their cause and the cause of Indian cricket,” he added.
Dravid also emphasized on frequent interactions between seniors like Suresh Raina and Shikhar Dhawan and juniors who are part of the India A squad.
“We encourage it a lot. We definitely mention it. I speak about the value and the opportunity for a lot of younger players to play with the likes of a Suresh Raina or a Shikhar Dhawan. It’s a great opportunity to pick their brains, even if it’s in an informal setting. Conversely, it’s an opportunity for the experienced players as well to have a look at the young talent coming through, who are the younger players and how they play,” he said.
“It works both ways. We do encourage it. It’s something I mentioned when the team assembled,” he added.

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