Getting into Indian team was tough, recalls Dravid

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Hyderabad: Former Indian captain and the coach of junior team Rahul Dravid recalled his journey to Indian team while speaking on a webinar.

The head of National Cricket Academy, who is addressing the mental issues of under-19 non-contracted cricketers, recalled that the current lot of generation too has similar insecurities which he dealt during his younger days. “It’s quite unnerving for a lot of young players which is why I love working with the Under-19 boys or India A who I think going through the same amount of insecurities whether I make it or not. I kind of identify with them, that something I had experienced myself as a young boy,” said Dravid.

He recalled going through a long phase of first class cricket before getting into Indian side. “I think trying to get into the Indian team was one of the most challenging phases. I made my first class debut at the age of 17 or so… It took me about five years of first-class cricket to play for India. If I look back the most complicated time for me would me before when I played for India when you had those risky decisions to take with doubts and insecurities around it.”

“When you had the choices of going down with a career in something else and you commit to cricket and take that risky decision and going through it. You had to sacrifice your education in some ways to take a punt, take a gamble on cricket. It kind of worked out. I never used that degree ever luckily,” he recalled.


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