Ahead of the Boxing Day Test between India and South Africa in Centurion, a delightful surprise unfolded as India’s head coach, Rahul Dravid, showcased his medium-pace bowling skills, a sight that left the crowd cheering. The toss and the start of play were delayed due to rain, and as anticipation built up, Dravid, joined by Virat Kohli, took to the field to roll his arms over in a heartwarming gesture.
Known for his exceptional batting prowess, Dravid’s unexpected stint as a medium-pacer drew smiles and applause from spectators. Sanjay Bangar, his former India teammate, expressed surprise at witnessing this new facet of Dravid. Bangar mentioned, “I have never seen Rahul Dravid do this. But it’s always good because as coaches, you do things that you aren’t used to, so to see. And there’s nothing wrong with his action; he seems pretty aligned and just has to add a little bit of pace. Otherwise, he looks pretty alright.”
On a more serious note, Dravid hinted at the potential debut of Prasidh Krishna, which was later confirmed as the 27-year-old received his Test cap from Jasprit Bumrah. With Mohammed Shami unavailable, Prasidh is expected to join Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj as the third pacer. Reflecting on the upcoming match, Dravid emphasized the importance of getting the details right against a formidable team like South Africa.
“Prasidh is a promising prospect, but we have to be realistic that this is his first Test match. He hasn’t had a lot of First-Class cricket to fall back on because of a number of reasons. But I’m hoping he has a good game and enjoys himself. It’s such a lovely moment when we give out a new cap to someone,” Dravid expressed.
Recalling India’s past performances in South Africa, Dravid acknowledged the team’s close encounters and the ability to take wickets. He highlighted the significance of luck in challenging conditions and emphasized the need for disciplined batting. As the match unfolds, all eyes will be on Prasidh Krishna’s debut and India’s strategies to navigate the conditions in South Africa.