My style is over: Rahul Dravid – NEWS 360 – SPORTS

first_imgBengaluru: Former Indian batsman Rahul Dravid has called his batting style unsuitable for today’s cricket. Dravid has admitted that his style may not be able to sustain international cricket, given the strike rate and scoring speed of the current players. Dravid said in a video interview with former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar in Cricinfo’s videocast that the value of defensive play is declining but it will not be lost.Dravid’s frank statementsI am fully convinced that my style of playing cricket can not be sustained today. Just look at today’s players’ strike rates. I have never had a Tendulkar or a heroic strike rate in ODIs. That was the level of play at the time.Players like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have taken ODI cricket to a whole new level. At the same time, players like Cheteshwar Pujara are indispensable for Test cricket. The number of test specialists may be declining but not significant.My duties were to spend long periods in the crease, to exhaust the bowlers, and to shine the new ball. So those who come after you can play well. I am the person who saw all of this as my job and took pride in accomplishing it.Don’t wear that I don’t want to play like Sehwag and play the same shots. But I believe my style and ability were different. Determination and concentration are my strengths. I hope I can use it well.I can’t compare my batting style with Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma in ODIs. Both have taken ODIs to a whole new level. I am a man who aspired to be a Test player and shaped himself that way.Having always wanted to be a Test player, I didn’t have to worry about defensive play.Nowadays, there is no compulsion to be a Test player in international cricket. You can only survive the Twenty20s and ODIs. It does not insist on a defensive line. That was not the case before. International cricket has only existed as a Test player.Defense is the key to surviving a difficult phase of a game. The best players in Test cricket have the ability to do so. You still need to play the test yourself if you want to excel in batting. The key is to survive the five days of stress.I’m a guy who works with young players. At the start of their career, their role models are Kohli, Williamson and Smith. Youngsters are looking forward to being like them, as they all fit into every formatlast_img read more

INSIDE AFCON 2019: Super Eagles Talisman Odion Ighalo Discloses Source of Recent Goalscoring Form…

first_imgSuper Eagles striker Odion Ighalo says his increased confidence level is behind his recent goalscoring spurt for the Super Eagles.The striker is currently enjoying his richest vein of form in front of goal for the Super Eagles and came off the bench to score Nigeria’s winner in their opening game against Burundi on Wednesday in the opening Group B of the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.That strike, a lovely curling shot in the 77th minute of the game, was the eighth in his last seven matches for the Eagles and brought his total to twelve goals in twenty-eight caps for the national team.Prior to this purple patch for the national team, Ighalo who plies his trade in China with Shanghai Shenhua had suffered a torrid time in front of goal and went over a year without scoring for the Eagles since he netted against Cameroon in a 2018 World Cup qualification match in September of 2017.He was guilty of a particularly bad miss against Argentina at the World Cup in a match which the Super Eagles lost 2-1 to crash out of the Mundial in Russia when a draw would have secured them qualification to the Round of 16.That miss brought a barrage of virulent criticism on the 30-year old former Watford striker with many fans calling for him to never play for the national team again. Eagles coach Gernot Rohr, however, kept faith with Ighalo and the striker duly repaid his coach’s trust with seven goals including a hattrick against Libya in his first game in Nigeria since the 2018 World Cup to emerge Africa’s top scorer in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers.He was, however, surprisingly relegated to the bench for the Eagles’ opener against AFCON debutants Burundi but still scored the winner at the Alexandria Stadium after he had come in for Paul Onuachu who Rohr had selected to lead the line against The Swallows.Revealing that he never changed his normal routine during his long spell without a goal for the national team during an exclusive interview with at the Helnan Palestine Hotel base of the team in Alexandria, Ighalo said his form in front of goal for the Super Eagles has been fueled by a surge in confidence from scoring regularly.  Download audio“Well, I’ll say the same thing I was doing before [when I wasn’t scoring] is the same thing I’m still doing now,” he told“I’ll say now there’s more confidence because as a striker when you score goals you build your confidence and I’m more relaxed and not under any pressure to prove to anybody wrong or prove anything to anybody, I just keep giving my best try to score and help my team to win games.”RelatedINSIDE AFCON 2019: Ighalo Sends Puzzling Message to Critics, Rallies Support From Fans Against South Africa (AUDIO)July 10, 2019In “AFCON”INSIDE AFCON 2019: How Odion Ighalo Shut His Critics Up With His FeetJuly 20, 2019In “AFCON”2019 AFCON: Nigeria’s Ighalo Tops Goals ChartMarch 26, 2019In “AFCON”last_img read more