Rahul Dravid is of the view that the Indian teams Champions Trophy win couldnt have come at a more opportune time as the credibility of Indian cricket was at stake following the IPL spot-fixing scandal. In an interview with The Indian Express,the former captain spoke about this much-needed positive story,Dhonis captaincy and the Team India pulling of a spectacular transition. Excerpts
On what this win means
I think (in the wake of the IPL scandal) we needed a good positive story. We needed a cheer in our cricket,happiness in our cricket. We had lot of positive stories to write about. For Indian cricket,it was heartening to watch. (Also the win) gives you great confidence that there is a group of young kids coming through. I am not saying that everything is perfect…(but) you have a lot of confidence now that this Indian team can do well abroad. A group of a talented youngsters are coming through,that is a great hope and a big positive. Apart from winning what we also saw was great fielding by the Indian team. For it has never happened that India have been considered as one of the best (fielding) sides in the competition.
On Dhonis captaincy
There is no doubt that he is the finest captain India have,and his records show that. Even before this he had a fantastic record. He is managing the transition very well and credit must go to him. After you captain for such a long time,you tend to get criticism but I think he has kept his cool. The great thing about him is that his performances have been there. He leads from the front.
Hats off to the selectors! In this particular Champions Trophy they have been brave and taken calls which could have been criticised. It has worked. When they do those things you have to give them credit. Credit to the team,to Dhoni and all his boys for playing one of the finest overseas tournaments that I have seen an Indian team play in a long,long time.
On Opening pair
It was a really brave decision that Dhoni and Duncan took to put Rohit in. The safer option would have been to put a regular opener but they obviously believed in Rohit and his talent and it was nice to see him come good. Hopefully he can build on from here. I think it was a very good decision by the team management and that made a big difference to the success of the Indian team.
On Spinners show
Both both (Ravichandran) Ashwin and (Ravindra) Jadeja played a fantastic role. They were the key in this tournament. The tracks spun as well which surprised everybody. Both of them are developing into world class bowlers. Ashwin bowled in difficult times,both in Powerplays and in the death overs. Ashwin bowled the final over in the final,it is not easy to do that as a spinner.
on Teams Strength
The thing that stood out for me was the aggression and also their fielding. The energy,the vibes they bought was outstanding.
He has worked very hard behind the scenes. It has never been easy. He had a tough couple of years. It is nice to see results are changing. He has always been advocating for things to change a little bit,and I am glad that we are taking decisions which are helping him.