‘Man responsible for making the team’ – Suresh Raina believes Rahul Dravid Should be Appreciated More for his Stint as the Captain

Former Indian batsman Suresh Raina explains why he thinks many people overlook the contribution of Rahul Dravid as a captain to the Indian cricket team.

Rahul Dravid and Suresh Raina
Rahul Dravid and Suresh Raina

Over the last 15 years or so, Indian cricket has gone through some major changes. It has helped the team bring home multiple ICC trophies and several series wins. Most fans give Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni for this success.

However, they forget about one crucial person – Rahul Dravid. The former Indian batsman led the team between 2005-2007. Although, the team failed to win any major trophies under his leadership, Dravid’s contribution is often overlooked.

Suresh Raina opens up about Rahul Dravid’s contribution as a captain

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid

Suresh Raina was part of the Indian cricekt team for 13 years and he played under Ganguly, Dravid, and Dhoni. Like many, he also believes that Dravid’s stint as a captain is quite underrated.

According to a report by Cricket.com, Raina said:

“Generally, when people talk about the Indian cricket team that has emerged over the last 10–15 years, the credit is usually given to Dhoni, or to Ganguly before him, for having built the team and taken Indian cricket forward. I have never quite agreed with that. I never say Dada made this team. He, and Dhoni, did lead and make an impact on it, that’s true. But the man responsible for making the teams for all three formats of the game is Rahul Dravid.”

Raina also mentioned Dravid helped several young players in their initial days. Raina is one such player who made his debut under Dravid’s captaincy and undoubtedly has utmost respect for him.

Currently, the Great Wall of India serves as the head coach of India A and under-19 squads. He has helped numerous young talents to take their game to the next level and make it to the first string.

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