Edited By Arun Kumar | IANS | Updated: 18 Jul 2020, 12:59:00 PM IST
Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid said the advice of legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev helped him find an option after retirement. Following Kapil's advice, he took over the coaching position of India A and Under-19 teams. Dravid said he was also fortunate that at the end of his career he was playing the captain-cum-coach in the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Rajasthan Royals (RR).
Dravid told Indian women's team coach WV Raman in his YouTube channel 'Inside Out', 'After I stopped playing (after retiring) there were very few options and I was not sure whether should do. So it was Kapil Dev who advised me and this happened during the end of my career.
He said, 'I met him somewhere and he said, Rahul don't go straight and do nothing, just look at the first few times and do different things and then see what you really like. I thought it was good advice. ' The legendary cricketer said that initially he liked to do commentary, but later he felt that he was a little away from the game.
Dravid said, “What I find most satisfying is to stay connected to the game and stay in touch with the players. I loved things like coaching and when I got a chance, I got involved with India A and Under-19 teams.
He said, 'I thought it was a good place to start and I accepted it and I have enjoyed it so far. I find coaching more satisfying. '
The legendary batsman, who scored 13,288 runs in 164 Tests for India between 1996 and 2012, said, “Particularly the coaching part of helping develop, whether it is India A team, Under-19 team or NCA (national Cricket Academy). This gave me a chance to work with a lot of players and in that I was not worried about the immediate result which I think was good for me to work on. '
He also supported the BCCI's decision to limit the under-19 players to one World Cup. Dravid is also the cricket head of NCA in Bengaluru. He said, “Instead of just 15 to 20 players, we could have provided facilities to 45 to 50 players in NCA, which included good coaches, good physios, good trainers.”