Former Sri Lankan captain Aravinda de Silva said goodbye Rahul Dravid because they did a remarkable job with the Indian youth by caring for international cricket. The BCCI gave the coaching work ahead of the upcoming Sri Lanka tour, where the selectors gave opportunities to several young people. Aravinda de Silva reckons that Dravid laid a strong foundation for the young people.
Rahul Dravid is one of the masterminds behind the recent increase in the brotherhood of Indian cricket. The 164-Test veteran, who serves as head coach of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, was responsible for the development of several youngsters. With Ravi Shastri set to join England’s first-team squad for the five-Test series, Dravid will coach the 20-man squad along with a handful of undefeated players in Sri Lanka.
Aravinda de Silva noted that U-19 is the starting point and a strong foundation from there, making it easier for the players to progress. The former Sri Lankan selector believes this is where cricketers learn the required discipline and strategy-related matters. Therefore, De Silva stressed that if players like Rahul Dravid will build it, players will definitely have to succeed. He therefore believes that the youngsters do indeed have a coach like the former Indian captain.
‘The U-19 phase is the foundation. And if you lay the foundation right, it becomes so much easier to progress from there, because that’s where I feel you will be able to learn about the necessary discipline, knowledge and strategy and related matters. Once you lay the foundation by someone like Rahul, who is himself a very disciplined individual, the right knowledge and discipline needed at that young age will be enforced. And of course, it’s important for them to have someone who was their hero as their coach. It really helps these guys to progress and build their careers out of it, ” De Silva told The Telegraph.
I have long tried to convince Mahela to take control of our U-19 team: Aravinda de Silva
Aravinda de Silva further claims that India’s fortunes have changed, with Rahul Dravid as the U-19 coach. The 55-year-old regrets that he could not convince Mahela Jayawardene that he played the same role in Sri Lanka’s cricket circles.
“When Rahul was appointed as the U-19 coach, I felt India had done an excellent job. I tried for a long time to convince Mahela to take the lead over our u.19 team, but I was not so successful in that, ” he added.