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Rahul Dravid expresses gratitude for impact on young talent in ‘dressing room’ response to Shubman Gill’s question

On Tuesday, Team India easily trounced New Zealand in the third one-day international of the series, winning by 90 runs and clinching a 3-0 series victory. The hosts amassed a huge 385/9 in 50 overs after two great hundreds from openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, which enabled them set up a 212-run stand. Despite Devon Conway’s century during the chase, the Indian spinners held the visitors to 295 runs.

Gill was named player of the series for his exceptional and consistent efforts in the three One-Day Internationals. He hit a spectacular double century in the first game, an unbeaten 40 in the second, and another century in the third ODI in Indore. After scoring 360 runs in three games, he tied Pakistani captain Babar Azam for the highest runs in a three-match bilateral ODI series.

After the third ODI, the BCCI released a video featuring head coach Rahul Dravid and Gill discussing the team’s overwhelming win. The two have known one other since 2017, when Dravid led the Indian U-19 team to a World Cup victory in New Zealand, and the kid served as the victorious team’s vice-captain.

As the two discussed Gill’s recent ODI achievements, Dravid, who has carefully watched Gill’s cricket career, commended the young India opener for his great efforts with the senior side. Gill then drew attention to a gesture made at Dravid towards the conclusion of the video at Indore’s Holkar Stadium, the site of the third ODI.

The stadium’s dressing room was christened after the iconic former India captain and current head coach back in 2015. Gill said of Dravid, “How does it feel to enter the dressing room with your name on it?”

Dravid first chuckled, then expressed his gratitude while acknowledging that it was “embarrassing.”

“It feels great. I’m thankful for all the affection I’ve gotten from so many individuals throughout the years. It’s an honour to be able to participate in this sport in this nation. The affection you get is incredible, and I was fortunate to have the skill to play cricket and be able to do so for a long period. I’m also a little ashamed at times. “But you are appreciative,” Dravid added.