India U-19 coach Rahul Dravid denied reports that he visited the Pakistan’s dressing room after his team’s thumping victory over arch-rivals in the semi-final of Under 19 World Cup in New Zealand.
Responding to a question about his visit to the Pakistan dressing room after India’s semi-final win, Dravid corrected a reporter, who had perhaps based his question on the comments of Nadeem Khan, Pakistan U-19 team manager.
“It was a very nice gesture only confirming Dravid’s stature in our eyes,” Nadeem Khan had said about Dravid visiting the Pakistan dressing room to boost the morale of the team after the crushing loss. However, Dravid clarified on the episode, saying he did not visit the Pakistan dressing room.
“I did not go into their dressing room. They had a talented left-arm fast bowler and I thought, he bowled really well in the tournament. So, I just congratulated him. I met him outside their dressing room and said, well done in the tournament. It’s nice. As a coach, it is exciting to see a good talent,” Dravid said, according to NDTV.
The 45-year-old said that the Pakistani team management was impressed with the talented Indian side.
“We had some great talent and they were very appreciative of our cricketers as well. Their coaches mentioned to me so many times that the standard of cricket we have seen your guys play is a benchmark for a lot of us. They were very effusive in their praise and I also acknowledged the fact that they had some very good talent as well,” he said.