Dravid set to get into Test mode

In a media interaction here, the veteran of 150 Test matches said he is confident of making contributions to his team’s cause, though it’s been a long time since India played a Test match.

“It has been five-six months since we played a Test. There has been a bit of IPL in between. It’s a challenge to keep it going, but the good thing from my point of view is that we have got seven Test matches in a row once we start on June 20. That was at the back of my mind as I was preparing for this series and England. It will be good to get some runs early on,” he said.

Entering the last phase of his career, Dravid said he was feeling pretty relaxed but there was always some pressure to perform. “There is pressure to go and score runs irrespective of who you are. You want to make a contribution. But you know that there is a lot you have already done, which cannot be taken away from you. So I do relax more with regard to that part. But when I go into a game, I am still nervous. That never changes. I am trying to reconnect with the team. The reason I continue to keep playing is because I love the contest and love the vibes I get,” he said.

Dravid said he was always willing to help out younger players. “I won’t use the word mentor but as and when a player has come through in the past, they come to you for a chat, you are always open to these chats. I am hoping that over the next seven Test matches, there will be opportunity to share those experiences.

Indian team is in a transition phase now, with a clutch of senior players nearing the end of their careers. The Bangalorean hoped the youngsters would stay on and serve the country for long.

“I obviously know that in the next couple of years, young batsmen will come through, and that’s the way it should be.  They are getting a lot of exposure in one-dayers, T20 and the IPL. A lot of them are much more experienced than when I, Sourav, or Laxman came into the team. Hopefully, these young players can have long careers like we have had. The team is going to be in good health if two, three or four guys can establish themselves.”

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