The second-string Indian team is led by Shikhar Dhawan and coached by Rahul Dravid. India is set to play against Sri Lanka in a limited-overs series including three ODIs and as many T20Is, starting on July 13th.
The fact that the BCCI has sent a relatively young team to Sri Lanka signals their intent to pick the best players for ICC World T20. Moreover, with the combination of Dhawan and Dravid, India is set to play a different brand of cricket. The fans would see an interesting blend of flamboyance with the defensive style of batting. It would most probably work in favor of the Indian team and the fans could witness an impressive performance. Some of the things to expect from the Rahul Dravid and Shikhar Dhawan combo is as follow:
The calm energy of Dravid blended with Dhawan's flamboyance
Dravid has established himself as a calm cricketer with rock-solid batting technique. He was known as the wall of the Indian team because of his ability to step up for the team when needed. Dravid has the capability to remain calm in difficult situations and make good runs.
Over the years, Shikhar Dhawan has established himself as a player with an aggressive style of batting. But he approaches the situation maturely and plays according to it.
It can be assumed that they would both bring a similar approach to the dressing room. Dravid would be the calming influence and Dhawan would keep the players motivated with his energy.
A mature approach
Both Dravid and Dhawan have been cynical and mature throughout their careers. It is possible that they would bring a similar approach when the Indian team would play against Sri Lanka.
Dravid has proved that he is an excellent coach when he guided the 2018 U 19 team to win the World Cup. Moreover, his selection to guide the Indian team in Sri Lanka shows his quality as a manager.
Risk-free cricket with a positive attitude
Rahul Dravid brings positive energy to the team and keeps the players motivated. He does not get upset over mistakes and allows the players to express themselves freely. He just has a good conversation with the players if they make a mistake and maintains the equanimity.