Many years ago, when someone had asked then New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming, after an international match in Mohali, to pick one India player he would love to have in his team, he had said without batting an eyelid: “Rahul Dravid.”
When elevated to the senior coach’s post, Dravid would be expected to bring the same seriousness to the India team, something that Anil Kumble tried to inculcate during his brief stint with the national side.
Dravid will remain an asset when the results don’t go as desired, and that is bound to happen with any team. When under his coaching the India Under-19 team lost to the West Indies in the final of the 2016 World Cup in Dhaka, he showed the boys how to take defeat in their stride. He spoke to the players individually as well as collectively, and told them to look at life at large, and not be disappointed by one loss.
“He told me that this [defeat] is not the end of the world and that there are a lot of things a person has to do in future. He told me, ‘it is necessary to face failure in life. You don’t realise the importance of achievement without failure. It’s fine that you lost this time, but be ready and cautious in the next opportunity’,” captain Ishan Kishan had revealed at the time.
During his playing days, Dravid reinvented himself as a batsman when it was becoming difficult for people to find a place for him in the ODI team. He successfully transformed his game, and ended up playing 344 ODIs, scoring 10,889 runs with 12 centuries.
When Dravid is formally installed as the senior national coach, and when he will narrate to his boys how he overcame odds to motivate them, that will have a positive effect on them — and it would hopefully reflect in their on-field performances.
That day would probably come sooner than later.
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