Rahul Dravid    AFP
Rahul Dravid AFP

Prithvi Shaw, who has flourished in First-Class cricket in 2017, landed himself a captaincy role. He will be seen leading the India U-19 squad for the upcoming World Cup in January. Mentoring the young guns will be Rahul Dravid who has been coaching India A and the U-19 squad since 2015. Prior to taking up the coaching role, he was serving as a mentor for Rajasthan Royals (RR).

Under his coaching India A have achieved greater heights following which Dravid s contract has been extended until 2019. As India embark their U-19 World Cup journey, Dravid hopes more players from U-19 squad join India A team in the future. Shaw has already played for India A against New Zealand.

In the press conference at JW Marriott in Mumbai, Dravid revealed his dream to see few other players in the A squad. However, he refused to name the players.

On U-19 World Cup players making it to India A

The World Cup is an exciting challenge and provides a good opportunity for all these guys. There is a process now in place in Indian cricket – U-19 cricket to first-class cricket and then to India A and then the India national team, when the opportunity arrives. I have been talking to these players about other formats as well. If they can make it to the India A team in 6-8 months, it will be great. We see this as a stepping stone, as quoted by PTI.

Dravid does not reveal the players names

I have learnt a lot in these years as coach of under-19 and India A team. These boys are from a different generation and their thinking is different. They have to adapt to all three formats. It’s a huge challenge. The game has changed a lot. I can’t say who can go on and make it or who cannot. All of them have the potential to play for their state and India in future.

On New Zealand conditions

The conditions would provide unique challenge in that no one in the team has played in New Zealand before. The key would be in adapting to the conditions well. We have tried to replicate the conditions in the Bangalore camp to the extent possible but it’s not possible to do it completely.