India Tour of Sri Lanka: VVS Laxman says, Lankan tour ‘opportunity for Rahul Dravid to create future champions’

India Tour of Sri Lanka: Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman believes that the Sri Lanka tour will be the perfect opportunity for BCCI to create future champions by appointing Rahul Dravid as the head coach of the Indian team which will be led by Shikhar Dhawan. India will play three ODIs and as many T20Is beginning July 13.

“I don’t think that there is any pressure on Dravid. It is an opportunity for him to create future champions of Indian cricket. It is not necessary that everyone will get an opportunity to play in this series. But just spending time with Rahul and sharing his experiences, which is already done with a lot of players in the squad will just enhance their future,” said VVS Laxman on Star Sports.

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Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan said that Rahul Dravid is easily understood by youngsters as he brings clarity to the table.

“What Rahul brings in is clear communication. Even when he was the leader of the Indian cricket team… at that time also, he was very clear with any youngster. If anyone had any kind of problem, they can go up to him and just talk about it freely,” said Pathan.

Pathan went on to remember an incident from the 2007 World Cup which gave an insight into Rahul Dravid’s positive thinking.

“I remember a very small incident from the 2007 World Cup in West Indies. He came to me and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He said, ‘Look we are all upset. Let’s go for a movie’,” Pathan said.

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“We went to watch the movie and then he said, ‘look, yes we lost the World Cup. We all wanted to make a big difference. But this is not end of it. Life is much bigger. We will come back tomorrow’. That’s the kind of character he is. He is always looking to put cricketers in a positive frame of mind. So, if someone, unfortunately, goes out of form in Sri Lanka…if that happens, he will be the first one to guide him and give confidence,” he added.

India will begin their white-ball series in Sri Lanka with an ODI in Colombo on July 13.