India’s opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has opined that both Ravi Shastri and Rahul Dravid have positive approaches while having different styles of motivating the players. He stated that the former comes with strong energy and on the other hand, Dravid has a more calm and composed attitude.
Dhawan expressed his thoughts ahead of the maiden 50-over game against Sri Lanka, starting from July 18 in Colombo. The southpaw is the skipper of the national side for both ODIs and T20Is. Dravid is also travelling with the team as the coach because India’s regular head coach Shastri is currently in the UK with Virat Kohli‘s men for the five Test matches against England.
“They both have their own qualities, they both are positive people. I have spent a lot of time with Ravi bhai. Ravi bhai and Rahul bhai have different styles of motivating people. Ravi Bhai’s energy is a bit strong, whereas Rahul Bhai is very calm, composed and strong as well, so under both of them,” Dhawan said in a virtual press conference.
Shikhar Dhawan also commented on whether he had conversations with Kohli or Shastri with regards to these games in the island nation.
“I have had no chat with Ravi Bhai or Virat so far, I am sure that Rahul Dravid would have interacted with them. This is a good series to try players in,” Dhawan added.
“Chahal and Kuldeep share great chemistry”
The stand-in captain didn’t disclose whether Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav would be seen playing together in SL. However, Dhawan mentioned that he’s expecting spinners to claim a lot of wickets in this series.
“They both share great chemistry, they have won so many matches for us. Even Rahul Chahar is a great spinner. We have good spinners in this squad. I am sure you will see them doing well and taking a lot of wickets in this series,” said Shikhar Dhawan.
The 35-year-old concluded the presser while heaping praises for Suryakumar Yadav, who is expected to play his maiden ODI game for team India.
“Suryakumar Yadav is a great player. He has performed well in domestic and international matches. He is a very talented player, I am sure he will do well. He is in great touch,” concluded Dhawan.