Twitter Q & A 6 with Rahul Dravid
Twitter Q & A 7 with Rahul Dravid
Is the buzz still in India re IPL 5 & how are you finding being captain of the royals?
I think there has been quite a good buzz at this year’s IPL ,wherever we have travelled there have been good crowds at the venues and the tournament still seems to get a lot of space in the print and electronic media. Captaining the Royals has been a nice experience, it's a great bunch of players we have here and it’s not really about the big names but it's about how we can get the best out of our young talented players. The ownership and the management at the Royals are also easy and professional to work with. We may not have the resources that some of the bigger teams have, but the focus is always on getting the best out of what we have and being as smart as we can.
What made you decide to call it a day for India and playing international cricket?
I had been playing for India for 16 years and had a fantastic time. I lived my dream. I felt it was time for me to now move on and let a younger generation of Indian players take this team forward.
What do you think India needs to do - to climb back up the international rankings?
India will need to start planning and preparing for the next set of overseas tours. I think we will still do quite well at home, but if we want to climb the rankings again our performances abroad must improve. India must select and then work with the skills of the young cricketer who India feels will be able to do well in all conditions. To be a successful team abroad you need quality fast bowling and it's an area that India needs to work on. We have some talented bowlers but they must be managed carefully; both in terms of their technical and physical skills. We may have to be patient in the short term.
What was your favourite test match you ever played in & your best test match innings?
My favourite test match would have to be the Eden Gardens test match against Australia in 2001. To be able to beat an all-conquering Australian team, that will probably go down as one of the greatest teams ever, after being asked to follow on was a highlight of my career. It was played in front of packed houses for 5 days and played in a great spirit by both teams.
Lastly, do you think the Royals can go all the way and win IPL 5, and which player should we all watch out for?
I think the Royals can go all the way, we are going to need to play well and also have a bit of luck. If we can get into the playoffs then from there we have the players to win it against any team on a given day. Like I said earlier, we may not have the profile or money that some of the big teams have, but we have a good spirit and vibe at the Royals. We hope our young players step up and we have quite a few who I think will be household names in the future - Rahane, Maneria and Cooper are three young players among others who have a bright future ahead.