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Rahul ‘The Wall’ Dravid Defends Rookie Batsmen

The most famous “Wall” of world cricket, Rahul Dravid completed his first assignment as head coach of the Men in Blue in the six-match white ball series against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Thursday night (July 29). Someone who gives precedence to the “process” of development for the young and upcoming, and not unduly bothered by outcomes, the 48-year-old put up a stoical demeanour after a weakened Shikhar Dhawan team (Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav were on way to England, and a few more were not available because of COVID-19 related isolation) were groping for answers to the cunning Lankan tweaker Hasaranga, and went down 1-2 in the Twenty20 skirmish. A part of the phalanx of the Indian middle order for more than a decade that had Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguky and VVS Laxman, Dravid was on the spot explaining that every generation takes time to find its feet in international cricket, and that he was not disappointed by the tyro Indian batsmen being outsmarted by the Sri Lankan bowling which he described as of the top drawer stuff. The big question that cropped up was: would Indian cricket see him in a similar role in the future. His answer was: “I have enjoyed this experience, but I have not thought of anything far ahead. There are a lot of challenges in doing full-time roles.”