Former Indian cricketer Sridharan Sriram feels that Team India will benefit greatly from his systematic planning and practices. In an exclusive conversation with cricketnext.com, he said that making Rahul Dravid chief coach was the best decision.
He said, “It (Dravid being appointed coach) is only very good for Indian cricket. For the talent that India have got, to have someone like Rahul who has been through it, done it, who has come up the hard way, he knows the value of the India cap, it will instil the pride to play for India.”
He further said, “Ravichandran Ashwin has nailed it on the head saying about the process and about enjoying the journey more than the results. His (Dravid’s) planning and preparations will be very methodical, to the point, a lot of planning will go into it, he will leave no stone unturned and will tick all the boxes when it comes to preparation. “Players could not have asked for more.”
Having known Rahul, he will try to bring in a calm and steady atmosphere, instil good values and pride to play for the India cap. He really bleeds blue. The way he represented the country, he will instil these values in the team. He will do all the background work in terms of preparations, be very hardworking like the way he played the game,” added Sriram.
On being asked about the recent Worldcup loss, he said “The confidence level is very high. It is also a very important series for England, don’t forget that… It is very disappointing for everyone (the Tim Paine episode). As a team, Australia has to deal with it. To come out of it, given the importance of the (Ashes) series that is coming up, the quicker they deal with it, the better. Given the space in which Australia is, they will come out of it quicker.”