Former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid, being the gentleman that he really is, has fine-tuned the young prospects in the best possible way. Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul are some of the notable cricketers who have benefited from Rahul Dravid’s guidance. Director of Cricket Operations at National Cricket Academy is sweating it out regularly in a bid to prepare the fresh blood cricketers for the competitive events.
Dravid who is currently plying his trade as NCA director and India A and U-19 coach was at the helm of India’s ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 glory in New Zealand. The right-handed veteran has started to sketch a route map for the upcoming Under-19 World Cup which is to be held next year in South Africa.
Meanwhile, Yashasvi Jaiswal is the latest to join the list of young cricketers being mentored by Rahul Dravid. The bright prospect credited couldn’t thank the former India captain Rahul Dravid enough for backing him as it helped him to hit the peak performance in domestic cricket.
The 17-year-old Mumbai batsman made an incredible mark in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019 and was the talk of the town for his brilliant performance. He was able to garner as many as 564 runs at an outstanding average of 112.80 with three hundreds and one half-century.
Yashasvi Jaiswal showcased his mettle in the Vijay Hazare Trophy
Yashasvi Jaiswal who was selected in the Indian squad for ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2020 explained how Rahul Dravid brought the best out of himself. Jaiswal added that he was so comfortable seeking important tips and solutions. Jaiswal learnt a mantra from Dravid and which is to focus on one ball at a time.
“Rahul (Dravid) sir guides us so well. His plans for a practice session are so clear that we know well in advance of a practice session about areas to work on. He advised me to focus on one ball at a time and its helped me immensely,” said Jaiswal.
It is to be noted that Jaiswal, who comes from economically weaker sections of the society has showcased his mettle for the senior Mumbai team in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, where he hit three hundreds, including a double-ton to his lofty standards of punching and counter-punching techniques. “With the experience at the senior level, I felt I had to optimize my experience. It taught me a lot to be consistent,” Jaiswal signed off.
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