I keep learning in every IPL season - Rahul Dravid
Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid has stated that every season in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been an opportunity for him to learn something new about the game.
Dravid, who has now been involved in every season of the IPL in one capacity or the other, was most recently the mentor of the Delhi Daredevils franchise in the 2016 season.
Speaking to ESPNcricinfo’s Talking Cricket program, Dravid revealed that he was fascinated by the emphatic growth of the IPL in the nine seasons.
“I have been involved in every single IPL so far in different capacities, as a captain and then a player, then captain again for a different franchise, then being a mentor for a couple of franchises as well.
“So I have actually seen quite a lot of it and in different kinds of environments and different kinds of situations.
“It’s been an educative process for me as well, it’s a constant learning process and it’s fascinating for me to see how much it’s changed and grown.
“I just keep learning every single time I go into an IPL.
The advent of the Twenty20 format has been the biggest catalyst in the game in the recent past and it is something that has influenced the scoring rates in both One-Day Internationals and Test cricket.
Scores over 300 in ODIs were once considered safe, but today, it has become a norm for a team to score 300 runs in a 50-over contest.
Despite the influence of T20 cricket on the other forms of the game, Dravid feels that the 20-over format needs a different tactical approach.
“I think they are very different when approached tactically.
“There is a rhythm and a tempo to a one-day game that’s very different to that of a T20 game.
“Just the mindset and the thinking around the T20 game is very different to a one-day game, where you have time to build an innings.
“But in T20 cricket, sometimes each over is important, but you can lose two or three overs in a game and actually lose a game.
“You don’t have as much time in T20 cricket to get things wrong and bounce back.”
With three different formats, it has become be a challenging task for the players to adjust their approach to the game and achieve overall success.
Dravid stressed on the difference between the two limited overs formats and said that despite the need for a different tactical approach, players must strike the right balance.
“As a batsman, your strategy and mindset around the T20 game is that you have only 20 overs to bat out, so you have an opportunity to take a lot more risks.
“As a bowler, you just have 24 balls to bowl and every one of those 24 balls actually matters.
“There is not so much time in T20 cricket to set up the batsman.
“You are more bowling to restrict.
“We always talk about taking wickets in T20 cricket, but you know that the value of a good economical over at a certain stage in the game could lead to wickets later on.
“It’s just finding that balance, but they are two different games tactically.”
The popularity of the shortest format was evident in the 2016 World T20 where the final of the tournament between England and West Indies brought in 2.45 million viewers to Sky Sports, giving the channel its highest rating for a game of cricket.
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