I am more keen and focussed now, says Dravid

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Published: Thursday, April 5, 2012, 19:46 [IST]
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Team coordination is key: Dravid

Jaipur, Apr 5: Retired batting legend Rahul Dravid would play in a match on Friday for the first time after announcing his retirement from international cricket but the Rajasthan Royals captain said there won't be any different feeling and he was more "keen and focused" to do well in IPL 5.

Dravid, who replaced legendary leg spinner Shane Warne as the captain-cum-coach-cum mentor of the Rajasthan Royals in IPL 5, said there are expectations but its more about team coordination.

"I have been playing in this format for past four years so do not think there would be any different feeling or any new challenge. I am lot more keen and focused," Dravid told reporters on the eve of their match against Kings XI Punjab on Friday.

"I have taken over as captain, coach and mentor from Shane Warne so there are little more expectations but I feel these are more of words and basically it all is more about coordination because there is support staff and one has to use these experts for better results," he added.

Speaking about importance of domestic players in different teams, Dravid said, "Every team has to rely on domestic players as it is a team game, the four overseas players are not enough.

Dravid praised Maneria's talent and said he would use his experience to help young cricketers to improve their performance.

"Menaria is an exciting talent and the way he has been batting for the last seven days our camp here has been sensational. He is at very important stage of his career. He would be important for us and I hope good performance in this IPL would take him forward," he said.

"I would be happy if I am able to use my experience and help the youngsters like Menaria and Rahane climb up the ladder," he added.

Dravid said his team won't be complacent as in this tournament all teams play competitive cricket.

"We were beaten by the Kings XI when we played them in an away game. This time too we won't be complacent. The first match always has high anticipation. We have been preparing for hard and now it is to be seen how we pen out," he added.


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