India A and under-19 coach, Rahul Dravid during his interview with The Ring Side View said that it is Virat Kohli’s hunger and success that have taken him to this point in his career. Dravid also said that he always uses Virat Kohli’s example for the current India A and Under 19 teams. Opening about this time in the Indian side, Dravid also mentioned that he comes from a system that didn’t even take ODI cricket seriously and Test cricket was the real format for him.
“It’s been terrific to watch to watch, especially from the outside. I think Virat for me is a great example of a guy, sometimes people get an impression about Virat is that he is an extrovert or a party animal but what he has shown is that if you strip away that, he is a guy who is desperate to succeed, and has hunger to do well,” Dravid said.
The former Indian captain who was also Virat’s captain at Royal Challengers Bangalore was full of praises for the current Indian captain and his ability to learn. Dravid added, “I think he understands very well what his shortcomings were and sometimes you don’t even need to tell what the areas are where he needs to work on. you can see that he is thinking, he is figuring it out, he goes out and improve and he is a better player six months later. Every time Virat Kohli came back to the RCB side a year later or I saw him at the Indian team, everything seem to get better and better and better. ”
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Talking about his evolution as a batsman Dravid said that his only motivation always was to represent India and play on large grounds in front of large crowd. He said during his times, the ODI team was almost similar to the Test team, so he would not done anything different if T20 format also existed.
Dravid who was the backbone of India’s Test batting for most part of his career, improved as a T20 batsman as he played more IPL matches. He finished his IPL career with 2174 runs at an average of 28.23 and a strike-rate of 115.51. Currently, he not only serves as the coach of India A and Under-19 sides but also mentors Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League. He is credited to identify many youngsters like Karun Nair, Jayant Yadav, Rishabh Pant and helped them to take their game to the next level.