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Thank You, Coach Dravid! What Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant Learnt From The Wall

Mr Dependable's Birthday

Mr Dependable's Birthday

Rahul Dravid is a name that needs no recognition in India. Dravid, known as the Wall of Indian cricket, safeguarded the team, on and off the field. Often regarded as one of the greatest batsmen the game has produced, the classy cricketer turns a year older today.

Dravid, known to be a patient mentor and a great manager, has instilled the values of life in his juniors. From teaching wannabe Team India members how to tame their raging minds to accepting success and failure gracefully, he has been a lighting torch for the upcoming generations.

As head coach for the U-19 and India-A teams, the 46-year-old has produced some exceptional players who actively follow in the footsteps of their calm coach and present a great show on the field. And for these disciples of Dravid, learning was not always about cricket.

Honouring the 'Mr Dependable' of Indian cricket team, here's what these disciples have to say about what they learnt from their 'Guru'.

(In pic from left: Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Dravid, Rishabh Pant)

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The Art Of Managing Mental Energy

The Art Of Managing Mental Energy

Right-handed opening bastman Mayank Agarwal made his international Test cricket debut in December 2018 against Australia. Trained under Dravid, the 27-year-old credits his Guru for teaching him the tricks of great batting and the art of managing mental energy.

It was during the Test series against the hosts, Australia, that Agarwal fed on the knowledge and experience of Dravid. Debuting at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Agarwal, had a top score of 77, and aspires to go higher under the guidance of India's Mr Dependable.

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Focus Is Key

Focus Is Key

Right-handed batsman Shreyas Iyer made his ODI debut in December 2017 against Sri Lanka. The 24-year-old is a man of calm composure and credits coach Dravid for it. Iyer has often stated that it was Dravid who taught him how to stay focused and not get distracted by matters not under his control.

Iyer, who is the skipper of the IPL Franchise Delhi Capitals (Formerly known as Delhi Daredevils), scored 162 runs in the home series against Sri Lanka.

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Thanks To The Guru

Thanks To The Guru

Right-handed, top order batsman and former captain of India's U-19 team, Prithvi Shaw is another aggressive disciple of calm coach Dravid. The 19-year-old has often shed light on how his mentor has been instrumental in fixing a rather technical issue with his batting skills.

Shaw, who was earlier struggling to keep his back leg in line with the ball, credits him for helping him stick to his own batting style and focus to score more runs.

Shaw made his Test debut in October 2018 against West Indies and has a top score of 134 till date.

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Patience Is Virtue

Patience Is Virtue

Wicketkeeper-bastman Rishabh Pant is another student of Dravid who is grateful for teaching him how to be patient on and off the field. He also thanks his calm coach for teaching the art of playing in accord with the situation. Pant made his debut in international cricket in February 2017 against England.

With 20 catches and 350 runs in the four-match Test series, Pant broke former captain MS Dhoni's record after putting up a sensational show in the test series against Australia. Pant, who continues to shoot for the stars, thanks Dravid for his achievement and aspires to go higher with what he learnt from his Guru.

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