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"God, Man I'm Not…" India Coach Rahul Dravid Loses Cool at a Reporter During Press Conference

Rahul Dravid, the head coach of the Indian cricket team, recently found himself on the defence during a press conference ahead of the T20 World Cup 2024 match against Afghanistan. A reporter’s question about his past performance in Barbados, particularly in the 1997 Test match against West Indies, seemed to strike a nerve with Dravid, […]

Rahul Dravid's Simple But Powerful Message Drives India's T20 World Cup Victory
Rahul Dravid's Simple But Powerful Message Drives India's T20 World Cup Victory

Rahul Dravid, the head coach of the Indian cricket team, recently found himself on the defence during a press conference ahead of the T20 World Cup 2024 match against Afghanistan. A reporter’s question about his past performance in Barbados, particularly in the 1997 Test match against West Indies, seemed to strike a nerve with Dravid, prompting a visibly irked response.

The exchange went as follows:

Reporter: “Rahul, you as a player, you have played here. Not the best memories of the 97 Test?”

Dravid: “Geez, thanks a lot buddy! I have had some other decent memories here as well.”

Reporter: “That is actually my question. A chance for you to probably make new and much better memories tomorrow?”

Dravid: “God man! I am not trying to make new anything man!”

Dravid’s reaction reflected his annoyance with being reminded of his performance from over 25 years ago, where he scored 78 and 2 in a Test match India lost by 38 runs in Bridgetown, Barbados. He emphasized that he focuses on the present and his role as a coach, rather than dwelling on past playing experiences.

“I move on from things very quickly. That’s one of my things. I don’t look back on things. I try and look at what I am doing now, at the moment. I am not concerned about what happened in ’97 or some other year,” Dravid clarified.

He emphasized his current role and mindset, stating, “I don’t think of myself much as a player anymore. Yeah, just move on. Focus on tomorrow, and try and get a good result tomorrow.”

Dravid’s remarks underscore his commitment to focusing on coaching and the upcoming challenges with the Indian team, rather than revisiting past sporting disappointments. His reaction, while terse, reflects his determination to stay focused on the task at hand and maintain a forward-looking perspective in his coaching career.

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