Karun Nair's rise is due to Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble: Rahul Dravid
India A and U-19 coach believes success of Chennai Test triple centurion can be attributed to the process put in place by captain and chief coach
India’s Karun Nair celebrates his maiden Test ton against England in Chennai recently. Pic/AFP
New Delhi: He is the prime force behind the feeder-line created for the senior national cricket team and India A, U-19 chief coach Rahul Dravid yesterday lauded Test captain Virat Kohli and chief coach Anil Kumble for creating an environment where youngsters are feeling comfortable. Dravid believes that success of Karun Nair and Jayant Yadav, who are products of the A team, is purely because of the "process" that has been put in place.
'Good to see youth shine'
"It's great to see these young boys coming through the 'A' team set-up and from domestic performances. It is a tribute to I think the environment created in the national set-up that they are coming through, feeling comfortable and performing straightaway. Credit to Virat and Anil for the set-up and what they have been doing at the national level. We are seeing the results. It's nice to be part of that process," Dravid told 'bcci.tv'.
Dravid, who has seen Nair in the 'A' team, Delhi Daredevils as well as Rajasthan Royals are proud of one of his wards' success. "It's fantastic. Incredible to score his first (Test) hundred and then go on to score a triple hundred. I think it not only speaks volumes about his ability, but also his hunger and desire. That's really important. It's good and I am happy for Indian cricket and it is always good to see young people coming through. He can hopefully go on and build on from here. He has got the ability.
"Great to see guys like Karun, Rahul and Jayant, come along in this tour. Hardik Pandya got an opportunity from the A tour, but could not play as he got injured," Dravid added.
Provider of quality players
Dravid said that his job is being provider of quality players for the national team rather than giving results. "We are always in touch with the national team as to what is the skill-set that they are looking at in the future, then we try and give opportunities. If they are looking at all-rounders, we will try and play as many all-rounders as we can," he said.
How Virat Kohli is training for the world cup!