Former India skipper Rahul Dravid has said that Virat Kohli understands that the real respect for him as a cricketer will come through success in the longest format of the game. Dravid, popularly known as ”The Wall”, also said that Test batsmanship has become exciting to watch now as batters play aggressive shots more often. “I actually believe Test batsmanship has become more exciting than before, the aggressive element of Test batsmanship is going forward, players are playing shots and it is good to see, a good thing for India is Virat Kohli really values Test cricket, he understands that the real respect for him as a cricketer will come from his success in Test cricket,” Dravid told Sanjay Manjrekar in a videocast hosted by ESPNCricinfo.
He also said that defensive batting in cricket is not irrelevant, but added that players can have successful careers without having a good defensive technique.
“I don’t think it is becoming irrelevant, maybe the value of defensive batting is not the same as it was a generation ago, it can never become irrelevant, I think you still need to defend your wicket if you want to score suns, I feel now you can survive without a good defensive technique in cricket,” Dravid said.
“Today, you do not need to have a good Test career to have a successful career, look at the best players in the world today, a lot of them have a good defensive technique and they can play out difficult periods of the game,” he added.
The 47-year-old Dravid also said that all young players want to represent their country in all three formats during their initial days, but eventually, they become realistic as time passes by.
“I would say in my interaction with the younger players, everyone’s hero is someone who has succeeded in all formats of the game. I think all players start off wanting to play all formats, but then guys get a little realistic about their careers, superstars of the game will still want to play to all formats of the game,” Dravid said.
Dravid is the only player in the history of cricket to be involved in two 300-plus ODI partnerships.
He played 164 Tests, 344 ODIs and one T20I for India. Dravid had announced his retirement from international cricket in March 2012.
He finished his career with 48 international centuries.
He has also coached the Indian junior sides (India U-19 and India A) and he is now the head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
Dravid has also led the side during his playing days and under his leadership, the side had managed to register their first Test series win in England.
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