Too much of U-19 cricket dangerous: Rahul Dravid

October 25, 2017

U-19 cricket


NEW DELHI: Last week when the junior national selectors did not pick Prithvi Shaw in the India U-19 team for the upcoming Asia Cup, asking him to play in the Ranji Trophy instead, it created ripples in the cricket fraternity. It was a first-of-a-kind move.

The 17-year-old Mumbai opener vindicated their stand with a fluent 123 against Tamil Nadu on Tuesday morning. Shaw is a perfect example of how Rahul Dravid, the custodian of Indian cricket supply line, is going about his business in taking players to the next level. Dravid, the coach of the India U-19 and A teams, wants a fine balance between age-group cricket and exposure to the first-class stage.

“At the moment, we definitely want him (Prithvi) to be part of the U-19 World Cup team in January. It’s also important to represent your country at the junior level,” Dravid stated on Tuesday.

There have been many cases in Indian cricket where prolific performers in age-group cricket have disappeared from the scene once they were done with U-19 cricket. For Dravid, U-19 can’t be a habit for a player.

“One of the things I realised when I took over the U-19 team was people stay on and play too much of under-19, which is dangerous,” he said.

While there has been a lot of debate over the Yo-Yo test – a means to gauge the fitness – being a benchmark to remain in the Indian team, Dravid said the system applies to the players who play for India A too.

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