India bating mainstay Rahul Dravid, who will lead the Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming Indian Premier League 5, felt that having shared the dressing room with Sachin Tendulkar, he can vouch that the champion batsman was not solely focused on getting his 100th international ton.
Former India captain was all praise for Virat Kohli but asked Gautam Gambhir not to feel left out of the squad as his Delhi mate is appointed as MS Dhoni’s deputy for the Asia Cup.
Although Dravid felt that Kohli had been rewarded for his splendid display in Australia, he said that the former India under-19 captain still had some way to go to establish himself and go a step further.
“He (Kohli) has had a great tour of Australia. He has done incredibly well in Tests and in the ODIs….the selectors have given him a bit of reward,” said Dravid.
“Having said that, Virat is the first to recognise that he has got to establish himself to go another step further. I think we know from the past that by just being the vice-captain you are not going to be the next captain.
“It’s a good recognition for his form; I feel people like Gautam shouldn’t feel left out from the team. But at the moment Dhoni is doing a good job, so you don’t need to look anywhere else,” Dravid further added at a function to unveil Rajasthan Royals’ team jersey ahead of the IPL 5.