Rahul Dravid is the India A and Under19 coach for India    Getty Images
Rahul Dravid is the India A and Under19 coach for India Getty Images

India s Under-19 and A coach, Rahul Dravid has come out in the open and opined on why too much age-group cricket will hamper newer talents. It was after Prithvi Shaw s exclusion from India s U-19 Asia Cup squad that this debated raged on.

Dravid is of the view that a balance between age-group cricket and experience in domestic circuit is a must for any player to flourish to his full potential. Indian cricket has often seen U-19 stars fade away into nothingness in domestic cricket.

On Prithivi Shaw

Dravid speaking to Cricbuzz said, “At the moment, we definitely want him (Prithvi) to be part of the U-19 World Cup team in January. It’s also important to represent your country at the junior level.”

On too much U-19 cricket

“One of the things I realised when I took over the U-19 team was people stay on and play too much of Under-19, which is dangerous.”

On U-19 players playing in Ranji sides

Guys like Washington Sundar, Zeeshan Ansari, Mahipal Lomror and Armaan Jaffer have all been picked in their First-Class sides. That is a positive for me. Even the state associations are looking ahead. They are not forcing them to play U-19 cricket.

On age-group cricket: Age group cricket has a purpose to solve but it’s limited. Then on they have to go and play men’s cricket. That’s what we decided with Prithvi as well.”