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Rahul Dravid will bring a lot to the table, but it’s more about man management than coaching: Shane Warne

By on January 26, 2022 0
Rahul Dravid will bring ‘a lot of steel’ to the current Indian team and his role will be more that of a ‘man manager’ than a conventional coach, which is an outdated concept, believes Australian spin magician Shane Warne .

Warne had big on-field battles with Dravid during their playing days. The legendary leg-spinner has the utmost respect for India’s new head coach, but as has been his position for nearly three decades now, he does not believe in “terminology” at the elite level.

“Rahul Dravid will bring a lot to the table. A great cricketer, a great person. I think he’ll bring a lot of steel, a lot of toughness to the group,” Warne told PTI in an exclusive interview facilitated by ‘BookMyShow ‘.

His documentary ‘Shane’ has already been released on ‘BookMyShow Stream’.

“I think he will bring a lot of tactical stuff which will be good. Rahul is fantastic for Indian cricket,” he added.

However, Warne went on to explain how he felt about the concept internationally.

“Coach is the terminology I don’t like in international cricket. In domestic cricket coaches are really important but in international cricket he should be called a manager not a coach,” explained Warne.

Continuing his developments, he said: “Raise the elbow and train them like children is not what is required at international level.”

“You do this for children at age group level, at first class level, where you are taught to play the game and practice to prepare for international cricket.”

At the highest level, the focus is on the mental and tactical side of the game and that’s not the job of a conventional coach.”

“It’s about the mental side and the tactical side and that’s where man management comes in. The moment you get into international cricket, you know how to play.

“Sometimes you just forget how to play and you make things too complicated and that’s why you’re not trained at international level. You’re managed. Does that make sense?” asked the flamboyant cricketer.

The lack of wrist spinners in the tests is also due to poor captaincy

In the 90s and up to the mid 2000s, Australia had Warne while India had Anil Kumble and Pakistan had Mushtaq Ahmed as the world’s leading wrist spinner. This form of art has not been used on a large scale for the past decades and a half, the only name that shines through the ranks is Yasir Shah from Pakistan.

Is it because of a bad test level captain that we don’t get good leg jump bowlers?

“Yeah, that’s right,” Warne joked. “You need someone who understands spin bowling, thoughtfulness and you need to show empathy, and bowling isn’t easy.

“It’s a tough skill and a tough art to do and so you need the encouragement of captains and coaches and everyone involved in the sport. The settings on the pitch are so important that I can’t even tell you. express how important they are and therefore many captains are wrong,” he reasoned.

Modern hitters don’t face too much spin in testing

Warne didn’t want to get into the right and wrong, but he thinks batters of this generation are playing less and less quality spin bowling.

“If you look at the world game right now, some of the hitters will go through fast bowlers and a lot of spinners, they’ll come through after that. When you compare that to the hitters of the 90s, they had a lot of spinners to go through.

“So it’s interesting to look at the modern day batters and I’m not saying they’re worse or better. I’m just saying it’s a different game now. We see so many of them doing in T20 cricket, hopefully we we’ll see some of them do well in Test cricket too.”

I wasn’t anti-establishment but I asked tough questions

Shane Warne has had his share of problems on and off the pitch, but would he call himself an anti-establishment man? “No” he said insistently.

“Not at all. I have never been anti-establishment. If I disagreed with something, I would challenge that person. In the case of coach John Buchanan, I challenged him and I I wasn’t afraid to challenge anyone.

“If I challenged John Buchanan on the tactical aspects of the game, it was also about the captain. I would challenge anyone and anyone in our team and I would also expect to be challenged too.

“If anyone wanted a different game plan, I was always open to suggestions. Anyway, I always tried something new. If I didn’t agree with the strategy or the training method, I would challenge that. It wasn’t anti-establishment, but just the way I thought about the game,” Warne said.

I made mistakes but I was very strong mentally

It’s only human to make mistakes, but it’s the tough times in which an individual’s character shines through and it’s one aspect where Warne feels his mental toughness has worked wonders.

“It’s easy to get through life if everything goes well, but it’s about how you deal with the tough times. And I’m very proud of how I’ve responded to the tough times, whether it’s at cricket when we lost to West Indies by a run in a Test Match or in personal life.”

“You never know people can go through really tough times but you still have to go out there and perform. I had to do that too and it was quite difficult at times and that’s where the mental side of the game comes in. Game. ”

Warne said he was mentally strong.

“I was very, very strong mentally and had the toughness that I had, and I was able to compartmentalize and no matter what was going on in my life, I was able to focus on my cricket,” a- he declared.

In one word to describe me? Down to earth, super competitive

Was Shane Warne a flawed genius? He starts laughing. “There are a lot of positives in my life, a lot of positives in my personality and negatives as well, but isn’t that true for everyone?

“If I have to sum myself up, then I would call myself ‘down to earth’, honest and super competitive, and on the cricket pitch I showed that,” he concluded.