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Not hurt by Wriddhiman’s revelations, says Dravid

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India’s head coach Rahul Dravid said he is not at all “hurt” that veteran keeper Wriddhiman Saha revealed a very classified conversation that he had on his future but at the same time wanted to give the Bengal wicketkeeper clarity about his position in the team. Wriddhiman Saha had told the media that head coach Dravid had asked him to consider retirement during a private conversation after the South Africa series.

“I’m actually not hurt at all. I have deep respect for Wriddhi and his achievements and his contribution to Indian cricket. My conversation came from that place. I think he deserved honesty and clarity,” Dravid said.

The India coach said that he will continue to have such conversations with players whether they like the contents of the discussion or not.

“It’s about conversations I constantly have with players. I don’t expect players to always agree with everything I say about them. That’s not how it works. You can have difficult conversations with the players, but that doesn’t mean you brush it under the carpet and don’t have the conversations,” said the former India captain.

Dravid said that his philosophy is to discuss with players even before every playing XI is picked.

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“I always believe in having those conversations before every playing XI is picked and be open to questions such as why they are not playing. It’s natural for players to get upset and feel hurt.”

Dravid also explained the rationale behind speaking to Saha. Rishabh Pant had already established himself as the new No. 1 keeper and the Bengal player wouldn’t have got chances, Dravid said.

“I was just trying to convey that with RP (Pant) having established himself as our No. 1 wicketkeeper-batsman, the idea was to say that we are looking to groom a younger wicketkeeper (KS Bharat). This doesn’t change my feelings or respect for Wriddhi.”

“Easiest thing for me is to not have those conversations and not speak to players about it. That’s not what I am going to do.

“But at some stage, I hope they respect the fact that I was able to front up and have those conversations,” he added.

(With inputs from agencies)

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