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India vs New Zealand: Rahul Dravid’s experience will help most players, says Cheteshwar Pujara

India batter Cheteshwar Pujara said that head coach Rahul Dravid’s experience in the longer format will definitely help the Test side grow as a team.

Rahul Dravid’s experience will help most players: Cheteshwar Pujara (Courtesy by BCCI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pujara believes juniors and senior players as well will learn from Rahul Dravid’s experience
  • Dravid, who played 164 Tests for India, will offer a great amount of guidance to young guns
  • Dravid’s entry into the dressing room is a win-win situation for Pujara

India batter Cheteshwar Pujara believes that the Indian Test side will benefit from new head coach Rahul Dravid’s rich experience in the longer format and grow as a team.

Dravid’s entry into the dressing room is a win-win situation for Pujara, whose game is modeled on the current India head coach’s tight defensive technique. Dravid, who has played 164 Tests for India, will offer a great amount of guidance to the young guns, according to Pujara.

“After the WTC we were all hurt but we came back strongly in England and we played very good cricket. Now the team is back together, confident and new coach Rahul Bhai is there,” Pujara said in the virtual press conference.

“That will help most of the players, especially the young players who have worked with Rahul Bhai during the Under-19 and India A series.

“And even someone like us, who are experienced players. I have played with Rahul Bhai and worked with Rahul Bhai during the A series. All of us are looking for his guidance. The amount of experience he has as a player and coach will help the team,” he added.

I would still have mentored the juniors had I not been vice-captain.

Pujara believes that added responsibility helps, but it does not mean that he will not reach out to juniors without a designation.

“Added responsibility can work in your favour as you can share the experience with youngsters. Even when I am not vice-captain, I try and share my experiences as much as I can and the ultimate focus is on the Indian team.”

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