Rohit as captain will bring a lot of peace to dressing room, Dravid big on team culture: Rahul

As part of a new leadership group, India’s T20 vice-captain KL Rahul couldn’t be more excited about working with Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma as the head coach helps establish a good team culture with the new captain. Big, who is a tactical genius.

The T20 home series against New Zealand marks the beginning of a new era for Indian cricket after the disappointment of a premature exit from the T20 World Cup.

With the next edition only 12 months away, Rahul said that the team management will soon consider what is the best blueprint to follow in the unforgiving shortest format.

“Look, obviously I have been very fortunate to have known Rahul Dravid for a long time. As a youngster, I picked his mind and tried to understand the game better and the art of batting from him. It has been very helpful for all of us back home in Karnataka.

“As a coach he has been with boys across the country and having him in the set up is a great learning opportunity, we all know what a big name he is and the kind of things he has done for our country . Rahul said on Wednesday, referring to the new head coach before the first T20.

The vice-captain also briefly spoke about Dravid’s vision for the team.

“When it comes to coaching, I have played a few matches with India A and we had a small chat just before coming here to train. He is someone who is big on setting up a good team culture and creating an environment where people are thriving and trying to be better as people and cricketers.

“He was always a team man when he was playing and he wants to bring this kind of culture here where everyone is pushing the team rather than individual goals.”

Rahul said that the new ThinkThanks has just come together and there will be a lot of discussion on it in the near future.

About Rohit, the stylish batsman said that his performance for the Indian team and his IPL franchise says it all.

“We have all seen him in the IPL and his stats are there for all to see. He has a very good understanding of the game and is really good tactically and that is why he has been able to achieve what he has as a leader.

“He will bring a lot of peace to the dressing room. The next few weeks will be exciting to know what kind of goals he has for the team and what kind of blueprint we want to play.

“In a team sport it is always a collective effort and decision. The job of the leadership group is to make sure that everyone is clear about their role and feels safe in the team and creating that kind of environment will be an exciting challenge .

Better teams beat India in T20 World Cup. Rahul said the management will soon decide on the best blueprint for the team going into the next edition in Australia.

“We all need to sit together and have a collective call on what is the best blueprint of cricket or what is the best brand of cricket to ensure that India continues to perform well. This will be discussed in the next few days. This is where it all starts.”

Many new faces including Venkatesh Iyer and Ruturaj Gaikwad have been selected for the New Zealand series.

Hardik misses out for not bowling enough

Star all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been ruled out due to his inability to bowl regularly. Rahul said that Hardik knows what he has to do to make a comeback.

“Hardik and I are good friends so we discussed each other. He knows exactly what he needs to do (to return to India) and what the team really expects from him.

“He is smart enough to understand his role and responsibility in the team. I am sure he will work hard and try to get the best out of it,” said Rahul.


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