Former India captain Rahul Dravid to mentor next generation of Indian players and coaches

Sudhir Gupta 10:40 09/07/2019
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Rahul Dravid.

Former India captain Rahul Dravid was appointed as head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, which will see the legendary batsman monitor the development of next generation of Indian players and support staff.

Dravid has already achieved remarkable success as coach of India U19 and ‘A’ teams, playing a major hand in the development of players like Hardik Pandya and Prithvi Shaw, among others.

The former batting star has now been given a bigger platform by the BCCI to streamline player and support staff development on the lines of the structures in England and Australia.

The Indian board, in a statement, said: “Mr. Dravid will oversee all cricket related activities at NCA and will be involved in mentoring, coaching, training and motivating players, coaches and support staff at the NCA.

“Mr. Dravid will also work closely with the national men’s and women’s head coaches and coaches for developmental teams – including India A, India Under 19, India Under 23 teams, in the identification of key training and development objectives.”

According to ESPNcricinfo, the BCCI wants Dravid to “chart a pathway and structure for young talent to flourish” and convert the academy into a high-performance centre. According to reports, Dravid will delegate some of his coaching responsibilities owing to the increased workload. He is also “expected to create a programme for the development of physiotherapists and strength and conditioning coaches”.

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