The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League has seen a massive surge of young talent who have been rising up to the challenge for their respective teams. All the youngsters and their success have a common thing.
The youngsters who have excelled in the current season of the premier tournament are Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Mayank Agarwal, Devdutt Padikkal, Shubman Gill, Navdeep Saini, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, and Ishan Kishan. All these players have one thing in common. All these players have been trained under the former Indian captain Rahul Dravid.
The Common Thread
A Twitter user Trendulkar pointed out that all these young cricketers, apart from being fantastic cricketers, have a thing in common. All of them have performed extremely well in U-19 matches and have trained under The Wall, Rahul Dravid. He wrote,
“What’s common between Shaw, Mayank, Iyer, Pant, Padikkal, Samson, Gill, Saini, Nagarkoti, Ishan Kishan? All trained under one and only Rahul Dravid. #IPL2020”
After retiring from International cricket and professional cricket, instead of going on the route of commentary or umpiring, Dravid took on the route of coaching. He first coached the U-19 team in their World Cup campaign. Later, he coached the Indian A side. He also headed the National Cricket Academy where he worked with young talents of the country.
For Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant, he trained them when he was the coach of Delhi Daredevils in the year 2017. After the tweet, people jumped and acknowledged the contribution of the former cricketer to youngsters.
What's common between Shaw, Mayank, Iyer, Pant, Padikkal, Samson, Gill, Saini, Nagarkoti, Ishan Kishan? All trained under one and only Rahul Dravid. #IPL2020
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) October 3, 2020
Dravid is the treasure of the Indian cricket.
— Chai Lover☕️ (@TheRealPoller) October 3, 2020
Rahul Dravid – India’s most gentle, dignified ,grounded and talented player ever
— Rajesh Chokhani (@RajeshChokhani) October 3, 2020
So true! I don't see him get enough credit for his contribution to U19 cricket. I think India needs a biopic on Rahul Dravid to remind them of his contribution towards nurturing young talent. What a selfless man!❤️
— Chintan Shah (@ckshah7) October 3, 2020