KL Rahul and Mayank on Rahul Dravid
KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal

India vice-captain for the Test series, KL Rahul, along with opening batter Mayank Agarwal shared their experience of being coached by Rahul Dravid. KL Rahul has been named as vice-captain after Rohit Sharma ruled out of the South Africa test series.

The 30-year-old Mayank from Karnataka had lost his place in the team after being ruled out of the first Test in England due to a concussion.

He then made a strong comeback to the Test set-up with scores of 150 and 62 in the second Test against New Zealand recently as India won the series against World Test Champions 1-0.

KL Rahul and Mayank on Rahul Dravid

Rahul and Mayank have both shared a strong bond on and off the field since their early playing days and reflected on the time spent with Dravid.

In a video posted on BCCI.tv, both the Karnataka players praised the efforts of Dravid and said it was helpful for them on a crucial tour like South Africa.

Rahul Dravid KL Rahul
Rahul Dravid KL Rahul
“Having Rahul Dravid with us this time is very helpful. He has played a lot of cricket here, he has scored a lot of runs. In the three or four days of training that we have had, he has had a lot of experiences to share and he is really helping us prepare the best we can. That’s a huge boost for us,” Rahul said.
“I think you’ve [Mayank Agarwal] had a great experience with him playing in India As and you’ve played a lot of cricket under him,” Rahul added.
Mayank has previously worked closely with Dravid in his days with the India A team and spoke about how the former captain helps keep the confidence levels going. The opener also said that Dravid always helps players with the technical aspect of their game as well.

“For me personally, he has just been a person who talks about understanding your game, understanding yourself and understanding your mind space. If you can work that out, sort that out then more often than not you are giving yourself the best possible chance to succeed,” Mayank said.

“Knowing him, he is a man who really thrives and puts the onus on good, strong preparation. We’ve had quality sessions over here [South Africa] and we are really looking forward to playing the Test match,” Mayank added.

Both Rahul and Mayank are expected to be part of the playing XI for the Boxing Day Test against South Africa at the Centurion beginning 26 December.