Mandeep Singh credits Rahul Dravid for technical improvement

Updated: Nov 24, 2016, 09:14 IST | PTI |

Mandeep Singh's confidence is on a high after an enlightening A tour to Australia where he spoke at length on his batting with the legendary Rahul Dravid

Mandeep Singh
Mandeep Singh

New Delhi: Mandeep Singh's confidence is on a high after an enlightening A tour to Australia where he spoke at length on his batting with the legendary Rahul Dravid.

"It was amazing that a technically solid player like him (Dravid) never told me to worry about my technique. For four to five days he was by my side in the nets.

If a player like him tells me that your technique is good and you just have to go about your training as usual, it works wonders for your confidence. That is what happened with me," said Mandeep.

Mandeep was left frustrated in the recent ODIs against New Zealand as he could not get a game in the five-match series that India won 3-2.

Mandeep made his international debut as an opener when a second string India toured Zimbabwe in June.

In between Zimbabwe and New Zealand series, Mandeep played for India A in Australia and it turned out to be a memorable experience for the 24-year-old. After four failures in a row, he bounced back to help his team win the Quadrangular series including Australia and South Africa.

His morale was down after a string of failures but he overcame the self doubts with help from coach Rahul Dravid. The result was a 56 and match-winning 95 in the final against the home team.

"Rahul sir said told me that me that footwork in Australia is very important because the ball swings and the bounce is on the higher side.

"He said you would get out if you are not sure about playing back or forward. He also attributes his improvement as a cricketer to improved fitness, which has become an important aspect of one's all round game than ever before," he added.

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