After the T20 World Cup 2021, there are some noteworthy changes that have taken place in the Indian senior men’s cricket team. While Rohit Sharma replaced Virat Kohli as white-ball skipper, Rahul Dravid took over as the new head coach with the end of Ravi Shastri’s tenure.
Last month, the duo of Rohit and Dravid began their journey with a 3-0 T20I series win over New Zealand at home.
Speaking on the show Backstage with Boria, Rohit on Thursday (December 9) opened up on Dravid's impact on the team and suggested that the latter’s hard-working persona will reflect on the team.
"Rahul Bhai was a brilliant cricketer, we all know that without a doubt. We all know how he has played his cricket. He himself has come out and said on so many occasions that he was not so talented. He had to work so hard to get where he is today. I think that is going to reflect on this team as well," he said.
Rohit also cited that there is a 'process' and 'structure' in place under Dravid’s mentorship within the team.
"Making sure that we work hard as a team. That nothing is given on a platter to anyone. He will make you work hard. Obviously, when you do that, when you enjoy that process, you feel good about it. Because there is a process that has been put in place."
"And there is a structure as well. So people will enjoy that. Guys that are coming in, going out. They will have so much clarity about why they were out of the team, why they came into the team and all that. That is something that he will be able to create," he added.
Rohit Sharma further revealed that Dravid has had individual conversations with every player about their role in the team.
"If I’m not wrong, he’s gone personally to each one of us and spoken about what they feel about themselves and what sort of role they look for in this team and what they have to offer, which position will be their best position to bat, etc. Same with the bowlers as well," said Rohit.
He added, "He has gone personally and spoken to each one of us. Just to understand us. Obviously he’s been working with India A and India U-19s and he was the NCA head. So he knows each player in and out. It’s not like he doesn’t know anyone. He has that bond with everyone, now it’s just about taking that forward and taking it to the next level."
Rohit Sharma’s stint as full-time ODI captain will begin with the series against South Africa next month. Team India are due to play three ODIs on the South Africa tour from January 19 to January 23.