After a winning start to Rahul Dravid’s tenure as the head coach of the Indian cricket team in both the T20I and the Test matches in the home series against New Zealand, probably his biggest Test awaits him in South Africa. Team India are to play three Test matches in South Africa starting tomorrow, a country where the Men in Blue have never managed to win a Test series before.
Prior to that, Dravid talked about his fond memories of South Africa, along with some tough ones and also spoke about what he expects from the team on this tour. He made these statements in a video for BCCI TV.
“It has been a great country to tour and a very challenging place to play cricket but also an exciting place to play the game. I have some fond memories associated with playing in South Africa, having won a Test match here as a captain. Had some tough games here also, we reached the final of the 2003 World Cup, that was a really good memory,” Dravid can be seen speaking in the video a glimpse of which has been shared by the Indian Cricket Board on their social media.
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“So it is a place that is very passionate about their cricket, games are well supported and well attended. Really looking forward to the series,” he added.
I am looking forward to work with Virat Kohli: Rahul Dravid
Dravid also talked about how he has seen Test captain Virat Kohli grow as a cricketer and as a person before saying that he expects the team to prepare well and compete.
“I was there when Virat Kohli made his debut, I was there when he played his first Test match and I batted with him in that particular game. It is actually phenomenal to see how he has grown as a cricketer in the last 10 years, just the kind of performances he has had for the team,” Dravid said.
“The way he has led the team and it has been terrific. He has driven a culture of fitness and energy levels among the team. I am looking forward to work with him, he just keeps evolving and he keeps pushing himself.” he added.
The first Test match of the three-match series is set to be staged at Centurion on December 26.