Rahul Dravid: Good to see youngsters play professional football

Updated: Dec 22, 2017, 20:28 IST | IANS

Former India cricketer Rahul Dravid on Friday said he is delighted to see young players getting a chance to play professional football along side some former international stars in the Indian Super League

Former India cricketer Rahul Dravid on Friday said he is delighted to see young players getting a chance to play professional football along side some former international stars in the Indian Super League (ISL). The 44-year-old Dravid who was roped in as Bengaluru FC's brand ambassador earlier in the ongoing season, attended his first ISL match and was impressed with the fan following the club and ISL has generated, terming it as ‘fantastic' for Indian football.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid

"It's great to see a lot of the young players coming through the academies and so many young Indian players are getting to play the game professionally at the highest level with so many international stars. I think it's fantastic for Indian football and great for Bengaluru FC as well," said the current coach of the Indian Under-19 cricket team.

"It's really great to be associated with BFC especially with the kind of supporters that they have. I think this team means a lot to Bengaluru city and you can feel it.

"Bengaluru is a really great sporting city and Bengaluru FC represents Bengaluru really well. We have a fantastic group of fans and it's a great experience to come here and watch a football game for the first time," Dravid added.

Despite the back to back loss to Chennaiyin FC and Jamshedpur FC, the former Indian captain once known as the most dependable batsman of the modern era, is optimistic about Bengaluru's chances of winning the ISL.

"We are the favourites, there's no doubt about it and we are going to win the League. A small hiccup in the last games but that happens and I'm sure we're going to bounce back," Dravid concluded.

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