Frustrating to See Youngsters Who Waste Their Talent: Rahul Dravid

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Former India captain Rahul Dravid touched on how he does not like to see youngsters waste their talent and urged them to be the best that they can be. Dravid is currently the head of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

“Thousands of people would want to be in a position that I want to be in, in a sense I owe it to them to do the best I can with the talent over the period of time that I have. That was being truthful to me,” Dravid told ET Now, while talking about how to get the best of oneself.

Dravid further added: “People like that were my inspiration. I thought I owe it to them and be the best I can be, because I have been given that gift and I don’t know why.”

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Dravid, who was the coach of the India A and Under-19 team, said it was important for talented youngsters to look after themselves.

“You have been given a gift. Don’t throw it away, don’t squander it. In a way it frustrates me a lot to see many young people sometimes waste their gifts or talent they have been given. If you have been given that kind of gift, I certainly think you should try and do the best with it.”

Dravid, who was speaking to Ayaz Memon about sportsmanship as a concept in sport, said that for being respectful really adds to the feat.

“A certain amount of respect for rules, respect for your opposition, respect for spectators, at a personal level, I think, is very important. It really adds meaning to what you are doing. Otherwise, it becomes too transactional, where you are just playing for winning or losing or for the money.

“I think it is important to make the distinction that it doesn’t or shouldn’t make you a lesser player. Just because you follow rules and shake the hands of the opponent, and genuinely understand what your responsibilities are doesn’t make you less competitive. You don’t have to be mean and nasty to be successful,” he added.

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