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Kapil’s advice helped me to explore options: Dravid

New Delhi, July 18 | Batting great Rahul Dravid says legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev’s advice helped him to explore options after his retirement before eventually taking up the coaching job of India A and Under-19 sides.

Dravid said he was also “a little fortunate” that at the back end of his career, he was already in a captain-cum-coach role of IPL side Rajasthan Royals.

The former captain said initially he liked doing commentary but later found “a little disconnect” from the game.

He backed the BCCI’s decision to restrict U-19 players to one World Cup only.

He said that India A players now felt secured as everyone gets a chance to play.

Dravid also revealed that he doubted himself as an ODI player when he was dropped from the Indian team in 1998 mainly due to his strike rate.

Dravid made a comeback to the ODI side ahead of the 1999 World Cup in England and ended up as the highest scorer (461) of the tournament though India failed to make it to the semi-finals.

The right-hander later played in the 2003 World Cup and also captained the side in the 2007 World Cup. He scored 10889 runs from 344 ODIs.

Talking about choosing cricket over academics, he said, “Growing up as a young cricketer in India is not easy. In the time that I grew up, there was only Ranji Trophy and revenue was so poor. I had to forgo a CA or MBA to pursue cricket so there was insecurity.”

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