The 19-year-old Shubman Gill notched up 204* – becoming the youngest to score a first-class double 💯 for an Indian representative side.https://t.co/Lft6AmvImX— ICC (@ICC) August 9, 2019
Well apart from being some of the finest new talents in Indian cricket, all of them also have another thing in common - they all trained under 'The Wall' of Indian cricket, Rahul Dravid.
Yes, Twitter user Trendulkar pointed out that these young cricketers, whose smashing performances in U-19 matches and IPL 2020 won them new admirers, all trained under Rahul Dravid.
What's common between Shaw, Mayank, Iyer, Pant, Padikkal, Samson, Gill, Saini, Nagarkoti, Ishan Kishan? All trained under one and only Rahul Dravid. #IPL2020— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) October 3, 2020
While there is no taking away from each player's individual talent and hard work, what's also commendable is the training they received by Dravid, when he headed the National Cricket Academy and worked with India A and Under-19 teams as their head coach.
In fact, Dravid also coached Pant and Samson as the coach of Delhi Daredevils in 2017.
Naturally, people were quick to acknowledge the fact that for Indian cricket, Dravid is the gift the keeps on giving:
Dravid is the treasure of the Indian cricket.— Chai Lover☕️ (@TheRealPoller) October 3, 2020
Rahul Dravid - India’s most gentle, dignified ,grounded and talented player ever— Rajesh Chokhani (@RajeshChokhani) October 3, 2020
Unsung Hero of Indian Cricket pic.twitter.com/Jc7iIyoQ0q— Bheemanagouda Patil (@patilbheema49) October 3, 2020
So true! I don't see him get enough credit for his contribution to U19 cricket. I think India needs a biopic on Rahul Dravid to remind them of his contribution towards nurturing young talent. What a selfless man!❤️— Chintan Shah (@ckshah7) October 3, 2020
Amen to that! 🙏🏼— Rajesh~DEV.💻 (@iamrajeshjena) October 3, 2020
The most selfless, patriotic, underrated, and the real dronacharya of cricket sir Rahul dravid— Amit kumar sablok (@amitsablok) October 3, 2020
He is developing the entire generation into world class players and most importantly most humble humans!!His all trainee’s are sound players with great technique and beautiful humans!!— shivam (@shivammishra69) October 3, 2020
Indian cricket is blessed to have Dravid.— The Sports Box (@TheSportsBox1) October 3, 2020
The next generation of players who will have trained under him should be the best we have had for a long time.
Rahul Dravid, truly one in a million!