To find new talent for Team India, Ravi Shastri wants Rahul Dravid’s inputs

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Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri

Indian team Director Ravi Shastri  has said he would soon consult India A coach and  batting legend Rahul Dravid to identify players who are ready for top-level cricket so as to strengthen an already strong talent pool. “We have a very good bench strength. In fact, I am going to have a chat with Rahul Dravid to find out talents, not necessarily been among runs and wickets,” he told reporters at National Cricket Academy where Team India is undergoing a camp ahead of the tough India-South Africa home series .

“If somebody is getting runs in heaps and taking wickets regularly, that’s fine, but there may be talents who haven’t scored heaps of runs and yet they are ready for top-level cricket. Those are things on which I want to interact with Rahul,” he said.

Dravid is in the best position to know the talent in India A team as he has been with the boys for quite some time now, Shastri said. “The fact that the amount of cricket Dravid has played, he would be in a better position to quickly understand who can bridge the gap,” he said. Shastri lauded Dravid for working overtime to groom the younger crop of players.

“Dravid is doing a wonderful job by giving more time to young kids by working with India A players after his retirement,” he added. “The fact that he is giving so much of time for young team after bidding adieu to cricket is simply brilliant. I think he is doing a wonderful job there,” he said.

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