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Rahul Dravid followed the Australian structure to create a solid pool of Indian players: Greg Chappell

May 12, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

Former cricketer Greg Chappel reckoned that Rahul Dravid has followed the Australian structure to create a robust domestic structure. This formula has been serving as a feeder line for the Indian cricket team. Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid has nurtured several young talents being the head coach of India A and Under-19 teams. Presently, he is serving as the head of the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. The legendary batsman continues to work behind the development of players. Rahul Dravid has mentored and coached Cricketers like Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw.

In a conversation with Cricket Australia, Chappell mentioned that both India and England has surpassed Australia as the best side in recognising young talent. This has helped the countries in providing them with a platform to succeed. Earlier this year, the Kangaroos was defeated at home in the Border Gavaskar Trophy by a second-string Indian team. The visitors faced several injuries of its key players and were also without the services of its talismanic captain Virat Kohli, who was on paternity leave. 

Young batters will benefit from playing more first-class cricket: Greg Chappell

One of the finest batsmen to have played the sport, Greg Chappell, cautioned that talented Australian players might find their careers at crossroads because of the domestic structure. Chappell believes that playing an entire block of Sheffield Shield cricket would make a big difference as the youngsters would get a run at red-ball cricket. He further added that Australia had been one of the best at developing young players and keeping them in the system. However, things have changed in the last couple of years. The former Indian head coach opined that the young batsmen would benefit from playing more first-class cricket. 

The former India coach also pointed out that young opening batsman Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj were the best performers in the game. Shubman Gill was one of the best performers for the blue outfit in the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21. The 21-year-old made a solid Test debut in Melbourne and then slammed half-centuries in Sydney and Brisbane. With his 91 at Gabba, the young batsman helped India chase down a challenging target. Gill was equally brilliant against England in the home conditions.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh