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‘Ranji can open IPL doors for young players’

‘Ranji can open IPL doors for young players’
Former India captain Rahul Dravid on Saturday said young players should take Ranji Trophy seriously as it can become their ticket to the Indian Premier League.

“When we pick players, we look a lot at their Ranji Trophy performance as well. Of course there are specific T20 skills that we are looking for but we also want to see hunger, we also want to see consistency and we also want to see somebody who can deliver under pressure. My advice to young players is they also (should) take the Ranji Trophy very very seriously, because I think, without playing consistently successful domestic cricket, it is very very unlikely that you will be able to succeed coming to the IPL,” Dravid told reporters when asked about the upcoming players giving importance to the IPL over domestic cricket.

The 42-year-old former batting great defended India’s performance in the World Cup but said it has to improve in some areas in the Test format. “I think they are playing very well. When you come up against Australia, who I think is the better team than India. There is no harm in admitting that,” said Dravid, the mentor of Rajasthan Royals.
PTI

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