IND vs NZ LIVE: KL Rahul calls ‘Rohit Sharma a tactical genius, Rahul Dravid high on team culture’

IND vs NZ LIVE: KL Rahul calls 'Rohit Sharma a tactical genius, Rahul Dravid high on team culture'
IND vs NZ LIVE: KL Rahul calls 'Rohit Sharma a tactical genius, Rahul Dravid high on team culture'

IND vs NZ LIVE: KL Rahul on Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid- India’s T20 vice-captain KL Rahul on Monday said that he is completely excited to work with Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma. He revealed that the new head coach is big on setting a good team culture and called new captain Rohit a tactical genius, owing to his special record in IPL with 5 titles with MI. Follow India vs New Zealand LIVE updates on InsideSport

The statement comes ahead of the T20I opener against New Zealand which marks the start of a new era for Indian cricket.

IND vs NZ LIVE: KL Rahul calls ‘Rohit Sharma a tactical genius, Rahul Dravid high on team culture’

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IND vs NZ LIVE: KL Rahul on Rohit Sharma- The stylish batter KL Rahul said Rohit’s performances for the Indian team and his IPL franchise say it all. He will bring a lot of calm in the dressing room.

“We have all seen him in the IPL and his stats are for everybody to see. He has a great understanding of the game and tactically he is really good and that is why he has been able to achieve what he has as a leader.

“He will bring a lot of calm into the dressing room. The next few weeks will be exciting to know what kind of goals he has for the team and what kind of template we are looking to play.

“In a team sport it is always a collective effort and decision. The job of the leadership group is to ensure that everybody is clear about their roles and feeling secure in the team and it will be an exciting challenge to create that kind of atmosphere,” he said.

IND vs NZ LIVE: KL Rahul calls ‘Rohit Sharma a tactical genius, Rahul Dravid high on team culture’

IND vs NZ LIVE: KL Rahul on Rahul Dravid- With the next edition only 12 months away, Rahul said the team management will soon take a call on what is the best template to follow in the unforgiving shortest format.

“Look, obviously I’ve been very fortunate I have known Rahul Dravid for a long time. As a youngster I did pick his brain and try and understand the game better and understanding the art of batting better from him. Has been very helpful to all of us back home in Karnataka.

“As a coach he has has been with the boys around the country and to have him in the set up is a great opportunity to learn from, we all know what a big name he is and the kind of things he has done for our country,” Rahul said referring to the new head coach ahead of the first T20 on Wednesday.

The vice-captain also spoke briefly about Rahul Dravid’s vision for the team.

“When it comes to coaching, I have played a couple of games with the India A set up and we have had a small chat just before coming out here for training. He is somebody who’s big on setting a good team culture and creating an atmosphere where people are thriving and trying to get better as people and cricketers.

“He was always a team man when he was playing and that is the kind of culture he wants to bring in here where everyone is putting the team ahead instead of personal goals.”

The new think thank has just got together and there will be plenty of discussions in the near future, said Rahul.

India were outplayed by better teams in the T20 World Cup. Rahul said the management will soon decide the best template for the team going into the next edition in Australia.

“We all need to sit down together and make a collective call on what is the best template or the best brand of cricket that we need to play to make sure that India is getting better performances. It will be a discussion we will have in the next couple of days. It all starts from here.”

A bunch of fresh faces have been picked for the New Zealand series including Venkatesh Iyer and Ruturaj Gaekwad.

IND vs NZ LIVE: KL Rahul calls ‘Rohit Sharma a tactical genius, Rahul Dravid high on team culture’

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