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Gujarat stun Mumbai to win maiden Ranji Trophy title

14 January, 2017 4:00 PM
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Former India captain Rahul Dravid today lauded Test skipper Virat Kohli and chief coach Anil Kumble for creating an environment in the team where youngsters can feel comfortable.

Dravid, who is the India A and Under-19 chief coach, believes that success of Karun Nair and Jayant Yadav, who are products of the A team, is purely because of the "process" that has been put in place.

"It's great to see these young boys coming through the 'A' team set-up and from domestic performances. It is a tribute to I think the environment created in the national set-up that they are coming through feeling comfortable and performing straightaway. Credit to Virat and Anil for the set-up and what they have been doing at the national level. So we are seeing the results, Nice to be a part of that process," Dravid said.

Dravid, who has seen Karun Nair in the 'A' team, Delhi Daredevils as well as Rajasthan Royals, is proud of one of his wards' success.

"It's fantastic. Incredible to score his first (Test) hundred and then go onto score a triple hundred. I think it not only speaks volumes about his ability but also his hunger and desire. That's really important. It's good and I am happy for Indian cricket and it is always good to see young people coming through. He can hopefully go on and build on from here. He has got the ability.

"Great to see guys like Karun, Rahul and Jayant, come along in this tour. Hardik Pandya got an opportunity from A tour but could not play as he got injured," he said.

Dravid said his job is to provide quality players for the national team rather than giving results in terms of winning and losing matches for 'A' or U-19 teams.


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