The kids of great cricketers are quite often under the spotlight if they take up the same sport. Former Indian star batsman Rahul Dravid’s son, Samit has been under the spotlight as well since he started playing school cricket.
The 12-year-old is in the news again for his performance in an Under-14 game of Cottonian Shield, Bengaluru. Not just with the bat, but Samit starred with the ball as well. He scored an unbeaten 51 and picked up three wickets for just 9 runs in the match.
As a result, Samit helped Mallya Aditi International School register a comprehensive win by 9 wickets over Cambridge Public School. Earlier this year, Samit was in news after scoring 150 runs in a 50 over game to take his side to a gigantic score of 500. However, he had help from former cricketer Sunil Joshi’s son Aryan as well.
Unlike his father Rahul who used to bowl once in a blue moon, Samit is a batting all-rounder. In 2015, he was also named as the ‘best batsman’ in an Under-12 tournament — Gopalan Cricket Challenge.
Currently, Rahul Dravid is in charge of coaching India Under-19 and A teams. India recently won the Under-19 World Cup under his coaching. Despite grooming young players like Shivam Mavi, Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill and others, Rahul does not treat his son any different.
In an interview with TOI, he said,
He’s okay, he’s got good hand-eye coordination. But no, he just smashes it and that is what I encourage him to do – just smash it. I don’t really get into trying to coach him too much. I just want him to enjoy it and just play the game, have some fun with it. He plays different sports at the moment, which is good – he plays football and cricket, he swims. So that’s nice. He is too young at the moment for anything more.
It is too soon to expect Samit to replicate his performance in future like his father did for India. But it seems sure that Samit will not adopt ‘The Wall’ style of batting in future.