Coaching gives me immense satisfaction, says Rahul Dravid

Dravid is currently mentoring the India ‘A’ and Under-19 team.

Rahul Dravid has mentored the likes of Rishabh Pant and Sarfaraz Khan | BCCI

Former India batsman Rahul Dravid, who has retired from international cricket nearly 6 years ago, is currently involved with the India ‘A’ and Under-19 team as a chief coach. Following his retirement back in 2012, Dravid had spent some time in the commentary box as well. And now the batting legend has said that he enjoys coaching more as it gives him a sense of fulfillment.

"After I was done playing, I did some commentary, corporate speeches. But the thing I enjoyed the most was coaching. Commentary was nice and great, but you just don’t get a fulfillment at the end of the day. Being involved with young people, their lives gave me the most satisfaction. So, purely for selfish reasons I am doing something that gives me satisfaction. I enjoy doing it. Also, I figured out that I can do it at this stage, because it will get tougher as you grow older – coaching has also become physically demanding," Dravid was quoted as saying by The Field.

Dravid had a commentary stint for a brief period in 2013-2014 | Getty

 The 44-year-old also stressed on the significance of failure and said that it has taught him more than success.

"When we fail, we often tend to brush things under the carpet. We blame someone, we always tend to find an excuse. When you do things like that, you lose an opportunity to fail well. When you fail, you have an opportunity to understand yourself. Failure teaches you to deal with tough situations. The more you put yourself on the line, you will learn to get better," the batting great added.

Dravid also put forward his viewpoint on an ideal coach and ward relationship. He believes that a good coach will always get along well with someone who is keen to learn.

"I don’t think a good coach should expect the people who he’s working with to listen to everything he says. A good coach will like someone who’s willing to learn. He might be the quietest in the team, he might not take everything you say, but will be open to learning. That’s what coaches look for," concluded Dravid.


By Salman Anjum - 17 Dec, 2017

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