Padikkal, Sakariya, Rana eager to learn from Dravid during Sri Lanka tour

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15 Jul 2021 | 09:28 AM
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Padikkal, Sakariya, Rana eager to learn from Dravid during Sri Lanka tour

India will play three ODIs and as many T20Is against the hosts, starting July 18

The uncapped trio of Devdutt Padikkal, Chetan Sakariya and Nitish Rana, who are part of the Indian squad for the tour of Sri Lanka are keen to learn from their head coach Rahul Dravid. India are fielding their 'second-string' side for the white-ball series against Sri Lanka with Shikhar Dhawan leading them. 

Padikkal recalled the first time he met Dravid and says that the former India captain is a down-to-earth person.

"Being from the same school, the first time I actually met him was in one of our sports day events, where I had to present him with a bouquet that is when I spoke to him for the first time," Padikkal recalled on Star Sports.

"I have always been awestruck by how incredibly calm and gentle a human being he is. To have achieved so much in cricket and to be so down-to-earth, humble and kind towards everyone is incredible to watch, added the 21-year-old, who plays for Karnataka."

"To have him (Dravid) as our coach, you couldn't ask for anything more and to have a mentor like him beside you, it's just a great feeling, and hopefully, I can pick up a lot of things from him," Padikkal added.

Another southpaw Nitish Rana is also looking forward to working with Dravid. "I have heard that Rahul Dravid as a coach is similar to Rahul Dravid as a player. I wish I could bring even one percent of the patience he has within me; it will be a big achievement for me," said Rana, who plays for Delhi in domestic cricket.

Even rookie Saurashtra pacer Chetan Sakariya wants to be as determined as Dravid. "I would want to learn how he was so determined when the opposing teams like Australia and England played dominant cricket. 

"I want to understand how he troubled them and how he could achieve so much with sheer determination. I want to learn and understand the process which goes behind that mindset, said Sakariya. 

India will take on Sri Lanka in the limited-overs series, comprising three ODIs and as many T20Is, beginning here from July 18. 

(With inputs from PTI)

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