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November 26, 2020

The Chhattisgarh

Beyond The Region

He has a future, take care of him: When Dravid realised 13-year-old KL Rahul was star in making

KL Rahul is fast becoming a top batsman for India. In this year’s five-match T20I series, he scored 224 runs in five matches and followed it up with a haul of 204 runs in the three ODIs.

He was also given the duties of a wicketkeeper-batsman to add more balance to the side, a role he performed quite well, just like Rahul Dravid, his idol.

Dravid has had an influence on Rahul’s career. A 13-year-old Rahul who was making an impact in age-group cricket caught the Indian legend’s eye, who also gave him a pep talk.

“I remember KL got back-to-back double centuries in an Under-13 tournament. He first scored a double hundred at the NRA ground and then scored another double hundred at Chinnaswamy stadium.

Jayaraj then asked Rahul to observe Dravid as he batted in the nets.

“When Dravid padded up for a net session. I asked KL to sit at the boundary ropes and watch him. I told him to watch his technique and batting style,” Jayaraj said.

“I did the same for at least a week. Rahul used to watch Dravid carefully,” he added.

Then Dravid surprised Jayaraj and Rahul with his observations.

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