You had to play Test cricket consistently for a long time to do that. Last Updated: 04 May, 2020 15:35 IST. I'll catch up with them. If you consider a fifty as a success point, you don't cross fifty in the majority of your innings, so you do learn to fail a lot in cricket, and a guy who has an average of 50 in international cricket has failed a lot more times than he has succeeded,' said by Rahul in one of his interview. That is true of slip fielding in general. But the direction and the culture of the team over the next ten years will have to be decided by this capable group of young players. Somewhere along the line I'm sure I'll bump into the guys. He was engaged with the Under-19 team and he was involved with them. And they are more interested in trying to be aggressive, to do their thing and trying to be the hero. What about switching off between deliveries? Not a massive difference. My first memory of Rahul Dravid was an afternoon of 1997, I came back from school, switched on … You can't expect a guy at 40-41 to become "world class" at something else. Do you let it affect you? One of the things is that because we had so much practice, maybe we read some of these guys better. Top bowlers and top bowling attacks keep asking you different questions. When Ricky Ponting and others predicted 4-0, pretty much everyone agreed. That's the way it is. What was that about? I was vice-captain for a long time and I was part of the process, so yes, I knew that if there was an injury or something that happened, I would be the next guy in charge. The highlight of the interview, though, was this one line that really is worthy of being put on a T shirt and everywhere else. You get used to it and then there are new things to challenge you and you must move on. A lot of foreign players have pointed that out to me. [Mohammad] Azharuddin and Laxman from India. He was coach of a team that had what I consider probably the best slip-fielding cordons ever. The first man to take 200 catches in Test cricket, Rahul Dravid speaks about what it takes to stand in the cordon. Very much like his batting. How did you figure out which was the best spot for you in the slip cordon? Rahul Dravid was renowned as an excellent slip-fielder. They can be as aggressive. I'll be the first one to admit - and my whole career is based on looking to improve and try to do better - that there were times then I could have done things differently, in the way that I approached it and handled it. People might not come to the grounds that easily, and that's why it's important to explore other avenues - whether it is day-night cricket, or venues where we play it, and the context of Test matches. What do you make of the general notion that struggling against fast bowling is worse than struggling against spin? In some areas I was fitter than I was at 24-25 and in some areas I was not. Former Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid is one of the best batsmen the game has seen. So you've just got to keep varying. (Ya-boo to you, skinfold tests.) Honestly, if you want to be a good batsman you have to prove yourself in all conditions. But to end a career with the IPL? You're fighting, you keep improving, you always think you can sort out problems. The way Dravid answers for a question on handling pressures and stress was quite inspiring. In awe of the work being done by Rahul Dravid in grooming talented Indian players, former captain Shahid Afridi has called on Pakistan greats to take a cue and nurture the young cricketers of the country.. Just because someone is not over-the-top competitive doesn't mean he's not a good competitor. Before you actually retired, was there a time in your career that you were so totally fed up that you actually wanted to throw it all away? That was tough in terms of some of my performances, that whole period, 2007-08, getting knocked out of the World Cup and not performing so well after I gave up the captaincy for a while. Obviously that World Cup didn't go well and didn't pan out the way I had hoped it would. Other than that I had a pretty smooth run for a long time. If I had been dropped at that stage, I would've still continued to play first-class cricket. You can then build a team around him and some of the other young guys. When I played Ambrose, it was a great education for me. He never said a thing. Rahul Sharad Dravid (/ ˌ r ə h uː l d r ə v ɪ d / (); born 11 January 1973) is a former Indian cricketer and captain of the Indian national team.He is the Director of Cricket Operations at National Cricket Academy, Bengaluru, India. You will know that there are other things to do and other challenges. It was a feeling of relief and I did feel it. One of the great joys of being a slip fielder who takes a catch is you are able to contribute to the bowler's success. GR Viswanath was the chairman of selectors in Karnataka back then and we did a lot of slip catching early in the morning. "At times you will get nothing the whole day, but suddenly in the 110th or 112th over of the match, a sharp chance comes along. It's hard to co-relate the two. I enjoyed the decision-making process in the middle. I just focus on the ball. M&Ms? He's got the talent - that was obvious from the time he was an Under-19 kid. When John Wright came in [as coach] he was very keen that we get specalist fielding positions and stick to one position. How do you judge eyesight? We had practised for such a catch because we had recognised Mark Waugh was someone who played Harbhajan really well off his legs. I don't think I was good at speeches, even as captain. Really, no. If things had not gone well in England, maybe I would have been comfortable doing it then. What happens when you drop a catch. Daryll Cullinan talks about the technique and temperament involved in becoming a world-class operator in the cordon, Poachers, divers and snafflers: our expert quarter tells you who the finest slip fielder of all is, ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the day of the second day of the Durban Test between South Africa and India, South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Durban, 2nd day, 'A good slipper needs to train as hard as some of the best keepers'. 2:02. Or sometimes it's phases that players are themselves going through in their own careers that pushes them away from the team. No matter how much practice you have, these guys were great bowlers. When I look at the media in England, Australia, South Africa, in the past sometimes they would almost have a casual attitude to performances on subcontinent tours. It was a reflexive catch, more instinctive. Being probably a little less intense. I think while I'll miss the routine and knowing what to strive for, I think I'll enjoy the flexibility of being able to make some choices about things I want to do. The fact that I never thought about it means I am not sure if I do all that. In an interview in 2003, before the Vijeta and Rahul Dravid marriage, certain old childhood friends of Vijeta shared that Rahul would often make it a point to meet Vijeta whenever he visited Nagpur. They bowled well, pitched the ball up, they swung the ball. How does a player pick the right time to retire? Do you think that captains can actually lose teams and that at one point you lost the team? When you retired, you called your team-mates and spoke to them before making the announcement. I didn't sense it like that personally… but maybe we are trained not to sense it, who knows? What it does is, you can transfer weight and quickly move in any direction and make sure that you don't have your weight only on your heels. All the bowleds? But you've got to quickly move on because the worst thing you want to do is to be lingering on it and not be in the right state of mind to grab another opportunity that comes along. It's going to be a whole new level of thinking, a whole new level of leadership, of thought, that is required. Even when I was doing badly in 2007-08, I was pretty fit. I have spoken to people who retire, and specially coaches. You've got to compensate Test cricketers adequately now. I don't think you have time to think which hand should come on top; it just comes naturally. They were very, very hard guys, because you knew they were just focused on bowling and doing the best they could. It has been a fortnight since Rahul Dravid retired and already the world has turned upside down. He [Simpson] came in and altered the way I stood in the slips in terms of positioning. Two or three guys might retire in the next couple of years, whenever that is, who knows? You spoke of switching on. Is it always better to have your preferred hand taking the ball, with the other one wrapped around as a support? What about the position - where and how you stand? If they face early stumbles or hurdles early on in their Test career or in first-class cricket, there might be a few who may choose to stick to T20 because they are better at it and they are making better money from it and they don't want to risk losing that. Maybe [time] just wears you down - the travelling, the pressure, the dealing with expectations, those things slowly start chipping away, chipping away. I have no doubt that a lot of the kids playing today in the one-day and Test side have grown up having Test cricketers to admire. We were always known as poor travellers. He's got the talent to succeed at this level and it's great to see the evolution of this kid, from what we saw at 19 to what he's becoming now. It'll come down to coaches at junior levels, how they talk to their wards, how they inspire them about Test cricket. Did you remember Rahul Dravid after today's match? When cricketers go into their late 30s do they sense what the outside world observes as a fading of their skills? Most of the guys that I know who have played over a period of time have constantly been able to find answers to the questions that keep getting asked. I would say there are challenges that Indian cricket faces today. KL Rahul previously had demonstrated that he is a very flexible and talented batsman. Thank you for your participation in this interview, what are your early memories of Rahul Dravid? I never thought about going out on a high or going out on a slump. Batting legend Rahul Dravid has given a thumbs up to Ravi Shastri and said the current Indian cricket team director has done a terrific job in his role so far. On the technical front, on the physical front, on the mental front. More than any other cricketer, Rahul Dravid’s career has plenty of lessons for the rest of us regarding the power of mental conditioning and psychological training techniques. You've not been worn down so much. The important thing to remember is how much are you contributing. Firstly you should enjoy it. It was quite an interesting interview between two greats in their respective fields. Australia, I thought we went there with the best of intentions, the guys cared. What sort of pressure are you under as a slip fielder? It happens so quickly - sometimes they stick, sometimes they don't. There was a certain amount of pressure on the spinners bowling at us, that they had to be at their A game all the time. 9 years ago | 113 views. Follow. One of the biggest joys of discovering old interviews … You set high standards for yourself. People were scared, and everyone would have been scared, but I guess those who showed it were considered weaker and that was not considered good to be. It will be a group of players, who I think are already seniors, who will set the tone for the next generation coming through. Real man of the series - Rahul Dravid. I don't think you can lose a team. But now you don't need to play Test cricket. Some of the senior guys who've retired and played the IPL say the IPL's a good way, in some ways, to slowly wean yourself off the drug that is cricket. I know there are always links between one generation of players and the others; there is always a middle-level of management - players who have been around and are still going to be around for a few years. Rahul Dravid has earned his rest. The cricketer has made a name for himself for … Obviously after England, I felt I was in good form and that I needed to go to Australia, and I felt that it was going to be a tough tour and that it wouldn't be right to walk away after doing well in England… it may sound silly, but just wanting to finish on a high - that hadn't occurred to me, in the sense that I wanted to go when I was comfortable. Do you watch the bat, the batsman or the bowler's hand? Someone like McGrath, someone like Ambrose. In England I felt we had quite a few injuries and I just felt we weren't necessarily as well prepared as we were in Australia. There is no perfect place to stand. Dravid would go on to score 36 Test centuries, but the firsts are always special. Ten years later, now there is another challenge. It was not a slip catch strictly - it was at backward short leg off Harbhajan in Chennai. I'm not saying you can control everything in fitness - there are a lot of guys who have injuries, who, whatever they do and whatever they try, sadly they can't do much about. One thing that could help is having a set routine, a pattern where you know exactly what you are going to do each ball. Paul McGregor / © ESPNcricinfo Ltd. Against fast bowlers, the one that is memorable is catching Ricky Ponting off Ishant Sharma, at third slip in Perth. I think when you look back at any stage of your career, there are things you could have done differently, and that captaincy period is no different. Was captaincy something you were actually looking forward to doing? These challenges have to be addressed, and it's no point worrying. But you knew they did not have the stamina or the fitness to survive till the end of the day. I'd like to believe that if I had continued, I would hopefully have worked on this area [getting bowled] and got better at it. I got too tense, too anxious or too keen about it in some ways. It'll be about stories, it'll be about media. And I think, specially as we've seen in India, results in big tournaments. You could tell that very quickly. I'd been playing and captaining non-stop for three years and I also had a young family. You have no control over schedules, you have no control about where you want to play, you don't have control over that as a cricketer. Because on Indian wickets the ball does not carry as much as abroad. They are also putting a lot more focus and emphasis on it now. But as soon as the bowler starts running in, you switch back on. Maybe I was so keen to do a good job that I got too caught up in it". There was a bit of extra bounce in the wicket and Ponting played at it, but I moved quickly to my right and reacted quickly to hold the catch. I judge aggression on the way people perform. Rahul Dravid was renowned as an excellent slip-fielder. As for reading the hand, if it is a spinner, like Anil [Kumble] or Harbhajan [Singh], you are reading their hands, you are watching their hands - what they are bowling. You have bad patches when you are 24-25, and it's only when you have bad patches after 35-36 that people say your skills are down, the eyesight is gone. He pitched every ball on the spot, he was proud of his skill and his craft; he wanted to take wickets and he ran in with intensity. I'm not saying the seniors need to be replaced, they will be the sounding boards. Here in this post I'm sharing the video of Rahul Dravid's interview with TCS CEO - N.Chandrasekaran in their 'TCS Annual Leadership Meet - Glitz 2012'. In this Twenty20 age, how must India handle the passing of a great generation of its Test players? And when it's the only thing that you've known, it's almost like starting out fresh again. Your captaincy had some good results and at the same time many dramas. It was a critical time in the match, during the third innings. I think Australia was disappointing. Remembering that, Harbhajan Singh shared a montage video of some of Dravid’s best catches in his career on Tuesday. Guys like Sehwag, Gambhir, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Dhoni himself. I've not regretted it. Meet the all-new OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G 'Guiding India to … We miss college, everyone wants to go back to Uni and live that life again, but you know that's not possible. What do you assess when making a decision to retire? The only problem is, you are doing it at 40 rather than at 17 or 18 and with skills you've worked on for 20 years at the exclusion of other skills. I've never heard him speak; I don't know what he sounded like and I was on tour for four months. I haven't regretted it and I hope it won't regret it, and I still can have a Twenty20 bash. “The BCCI must rush Dravid to Australia to help the team. Rahul Dravid, known as The Wall, is considered to be one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. You had Saqlain, who bowled well against us in a couple of series. For Rahul Dravid the person, how important was this? We were going through a rough patch, we had come out of this match-fixing thing. Like what you experience the first time you walk into Lord's. I'm not here to justify anything. They played better, they pitched the ball up, we had some opportunities in the first Test, we didn't grab them. Sure, we made mistakes, sure, there were things that we did right, and maybe some of the results didn't show up right away, they did show up later on, but that's just the way it is. All these three players were coached by former India skipper Rahul Dravid during their under-19 days and were also part of India's Under-19 World Cup squad. They are really happy. Rahul Dravid looks ahead to life after retirement, back at his career and captaincy, and at the changing status of Test cricket. Mark Waugh believed that slip catching comes naturally, that you can't be taught by coaches. Firstly, I need to thank you for considering me worthwhile to talk about our beautiful game. © Getty Images. Rahul Dravid’s message for Hanuma Vihari. Interview with Rahul Dravid. Or it doesn't mean he's not in for a fight. They might have to make a few sacrifices in terms of money. The strength of your team is finally built around people who can have long and successful careers. Maybe this team now has the image where it's said they are very good one-day players, they are not that good as Test players. Now that you're about to go into the IPL as one final hurrah, what is your response to the impact of Twenty20 cricket on Indian cricket? Sometimes fitness is a good thing to have but you have to recognise that fitness takes you only so far, and skills are the most important thing. What do you think are the essentials of a good slip fielder? I can't remember every one off hand, but if you show me the scorecard I will remember. I've lived this life for 20 years. Whether it's been conversations with Kapil Dev or through the years with John [Wright], Greg [Chappell], Gary [Kirsten], and even Duncan [Fletcher] now. That has changed now and it's pretty obvious that, with the kind of audience and support that cricket generates in this part of the world, a tour to this part of the world is extremely important now. With such catches, a lot of the time, if you are able to stick your hand out, you have done well. Dravid’s comments came in the wake of controversy surrounding the sexist remarks made by Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, who were suspended by the CoA and subsequently had their provisional suspensions lifted. When imponderables are introduced into the […] The actual captaincy side of things was good. In Australia and South Africa the bounce is quite consistent, quite even, and you can stand way back. Also, I think subcontinent tours in the old days were not considered the No. In the last few years in as much as there have been fears, the number of the articles that get written about Test cricket, the number of people who follow it passionately, who talk to me about Test cricket - that hasn't changed. It mattered professionally also in terms of making a living from this game, which does become important at some point. Daniel Vettori was extremely consistent; bowled good tight lines. There are the immediate challenges of tours like Australia and England, which you think are tough, and you want to try go there and make a difference. Where you are in your life, where the team is at that point of time, what the future challenges are, how you fit into that. When you quit the captaincy, you just vanished. After 35, I felt as fit in terms of physical fitness - if you judge fitness in terms of sprinting a distance, running a distance, whatever yo-yo tests we have and weights you lift - as I was when I was playing my best cricket, at 28-29. We have to accept that people don't have the time, but there is still huge interest for Test cricket. Sachin was spinning the ball a long way and Martyn drove at one and I stuck my right hand out and caught it. And on a wicket that bounced a bit we knew one or two edges might come and we should be in a position to catch them. So your response to defeat, failure, success, pressure is better. Vihari, much like a number of other emerging cricketers, had honed his skills in the India A side under the guidance of Dravid. There is no substitute to taking a lot of a catches as a youngster if you want to do slip catching - you've got to catch, catch, catch. Dependable. 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