Former In the batsman VVS Laxman is excited for India’s upcoming ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka where his former teammate and legendary batsman Rahul Dravid is appointed as the head coach of the two-string group, led by Shikhar Dhawan.
The ODI series begins on July 13; the next two one-day matches are scheduled for July 16 and 18. The T20Is will be played on 21, 23 and 25 July. All matches are played at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Colombo.
VVS Laxman says that this tour is a good opportunity for Dravid to further prove his credentials and make a claim for a future head coach position of the senior team by emphasizing the players’ careers.
“I do not think there is any pressure. This is an opportunity for Rahul Dravid to prove himself as a coach. We all know his contribution to Indian cricket, as well as player, as someone who played an important role in creating the (Team India) bench strength – both India coach and as director of the National Cricket Academy.
“I think this is an opportunity for him to create the future champions of Indian cricket,” VVS Laxman said while speaking on Star Sports.
Players will improve their future and growth by spending time with Rahul: VVS Laxman
With several first-choice players in England, the group touring Sri Lanka is quite young from international experience and few players have received their first national calls. However, all the players in the group have experience of the IPL.
VVS Laxman reckons all the youngsters will learn a lot by sharing the dressing room and spending time with Dravid, even if not partying.
‘It’s not necessary that everyone gets a chance to play in this tournament. But just spending time with Rahul and sharing his experiences – which he has done with many of the players in the group – will improve their future and their growth as Indian cricketers, “the 46-year-old former batsman added. .
India’s group: Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan (Wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (Wicket-keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Char Gowth Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Vice-Captain), Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya
Net bowlers: Ishan Porel, Sandeep Warrier, Arshdeep Singh, Sai Kishore, Simarjeet Singh