Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan recently revealed that ex-India Skipper Rahul Dravid took him and MS Dhoni out for a movie after their 2007 ICC World Cup exit. India lost against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the group stages to crash out of the tournament in West Indies.
Irfan Pathan praised Team India’s head coach for Sri Lanka Tour, Rahul Dravid. He shared an incident from the 2007 ICC World Cup which portrays a different personality of the former India cricketer.
Nearly 16 years apart, new beginnings for Rahul Dravid 🙌 pic.twitter.com/SYq4lqE5Xa
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“What Rahul Dravid brings in is clear communication. Even when he was the leader of Indian cricket team… at that time also, he was very clear with any youngster. If anyone had any kind of problem, they can go up to him and just talk about it freely,” said Irfan on Starsports.
“I remember a very small incident from the 2007 World Cup in West Indies. He came to me and MS Dhoni. He said, ‘Look we are all upset. Let’s go for a movie. We went to watch the movie and then he said, ‘look, yes we lost the World Cup. We all wanted to make a big difference.
“But this is not end of it. Life is much bigger. We will come back tomorrow’. That’s the kind of character he is. He is always looking to put cricketers in a positive frame of mind. So, if someone, unfortunately, goes out of form in Sri Lanka…if that happens, he will be the first one to guide him and give confidence,” Irfan Pathan added.
Rahul Dravid Has Opportunity To Create ‘Future Champions’ Of Team India: VVS Laxman
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Former Team India cricketer VVS Laxman has reckoned that India’s tour of Sri Lanka is an opportunity for Rahul Dravid to create and shape India’s future champions. This will be Dravid’s maiden assignment as the Head coach of the national team.
“I don’t think that there is any pressure (on Rahul Dravid). It is an opportunity for him to create future champions of Indian cricket. It is not necessary that everyone will get an opportunity to play in this series. But just spending time with Rahul and sharing his experiences, which is already done with a lot of players in the squad will just enhance their future,” said VVS Laxman on Star Sports.