Former U16 and U19 coach and a famous pitch-curator Daljit Singh revealed what impressed him about Rahul Dravid when he first saw a youngster during a camp.
There were talks about Dravid that he might never be able to be a good cricketer but Singh had a different about him.
“Rahul Dravid when he started, a lot of people told me that his bat is coming from outside, it is a crooked backlift, he will not succeed,” Singh said while talking to Sportskeeda.
“He started playing the incoming ball in the nets better than any other ball. So, he had adjusted so well and he did so well with that backlift,” Singh added.
Well, proving everyone wrong and Daljit right, Dravid became one of the finest players in the world.
Dravid played 164 Test matches where he amassed a total of 13288 runs at a brilliant average of 52.3 including 36 tons. His best individual score score of 270 came against Pakistan away from home.
In 344 ODIs, Dravid notched up 10889 runs at a healthy average of 39.2 while he also played one T20I for India scoring 31 runs at a strike rate of 31.
Dravid has been the coach for the U19 and India A teams while led India during the World Cup 2007. India didn’t have an impressive run in the 2007 edition but the U19 and ‘A’ teams have been doing pretty well under his guidance.
In 2018, the Prithvi Shaw-led Indian team also lifted the World Cup becoming the only team achieve the feat for the fourth time. They had ended as runners up in 2016 and 2020.