With a majority of first-choice Indian players currently in England for the upcoming Test series, Team India’s group for the white ball series in Sri Lanka consists of as many as six players who have not been hacked.
In the absence of regular head coach Ravi Shastri, NCA head Rahul Dravid has held the coveted post, while veteran South Paw Shikhar Dhawan has been named captain.
One of the six uncovered players who received an appeal to the Indian team Karnataka and RCB’s stylish starting button, Devdutt Padikkal.
During a recent issue of ‘Follow the Blues’ on Star Sports, Devdutt Padikkal remembered his first encounter with the legendary Dravid ever.
Padikkal revealed that he first met Rahul Dravid during a school function in one of the sports day events where the former Indian cricketer came in his capacity as main guest.
Devdutt Padikkal recalls his first conversation with Dravid and remembers being horrified by the humility that Dravid displayed.
“I was from the same school and the first time I met him was in one of our sports day events, where I had to present him with a bouquet. That was when I first spoke to him,” Padikkal told Star Sports said show Follow The Blues.
‘I have always been amazed at how incredibly calm and gentle he is. To achieve so much in cricket and to be so flat on the ground, humble and kind to everyone, is incredible to watch, ”Padikkal added.
The left-wing starting batsman further said that it is a great feeling to have David as a mentor, and he wants to pick up a lot of things from the legendary cricketer during his stay in Sri Lanka.
“To have him (Dravid) as our coach, you could not ask for anything more and to have a mentor like him with you, it’s just a great feeling, and hopefully I can pick up a lot of things from him,” he said. Padikkal.
‘I wish I could only bring one percent of the patience that Rahul Dravid has in me’ – Nitish Rana
Meanwhile, Nitish Rana said it would be a great achievement for him if he could bring even one percent of the patience that Rahul Dravid boasts.
‘I heard that Rahul Dravid as a coach is similar to Rahul Dravid as a player. I wish I could bring only one percent of the patience he has within me; it will be a great achievement for me, ”said Rana.
Uncovered left-back bowler Chetan Sakariya, on the other hand, said he wanted to learn from Dravid how he was so determined when teams like Australia were hard on him.
He further added that he wants to go into Dravid’s thought process and the way the former cricketer prepared himself.
‘I would like to learn how he was so determined when the opposing teams like Australia and England played a dominant cricket. I want to understand how he bothered them and how he was able to achieve so much with sheer determination. I want to learn and understand the process, ‘said Chetan Sakariya.
The white-ball rubber India-Sri Lanka starts from July 18 in the ODI series of three matches in Colombo.