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Rahul Dravid has helped us in understanding English conditions better, says Virat Kohli

Rahul Dravid was India's top run-scorer in the 2011 tour of England © Getty Images
Rahul Dravid was India’s top run-scorer in the 2011 tour of England © Getty Images

By Chetan Narula

Nottingham: Jul 7, 2014

Virat Kohli has said that Rahul Dravid has helped the Indian cricketers in understanding the conditions in England better. The Indian team management had requested former Indian captain Dravid to join the squad after the first practice game at Leicester and help them prepare ahead of the first Test.

“He is not helping us on the technical side of things because everyone plays the game in a different way. But he is helping us understand the conditions here better, how much the ball will swing, for how long it will swing, how the conditions will affect the game, and so on,” said Kohli.

“Dravid has spoken about the experiences he’s had in England, scoring those hundreds and what he felt getting those runs in tough conditions. That’s all you need as a batsman, getting into a player’s head, who has done it all here and getting into that zone yourself. It helps big time.

“He’s tried to get us as mentally strong as he can and has been open to talk at any point of time about anything in anyone’s batting or even bowling. He has a fair idea of where the bowlers have bowled to him. He’s helped everyone and it’s been great to have had him with the team and share his experiences with us,” he added.

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