Kyle Coetzer recalls playing days with new India coach Rahul Dravid ahead of Scotland's next game

Kyle Coetzer recalls playing days with new India coach Rahul Dravid ahead of Scotland’s next game

I think coming up against a side like India just throws things to a new level, said Kyle Coetzer.

Kyle Coetzer and Rahul Dravid
Kyle Coetzer and Rahul Dravid. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

India is all set to play its next clash against Scotland on November 05, 2021. India needs to win all their remaining games massively and rely on certain results in order to qualify for the semi-final round. In the same line of events, Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer wishes to create an upset against India keeping in mind the memories of playing alongside Rahul Dravid back in 2003.

Dravid is all set to take over the duties of the Indian cricket team as head coach after Ravi Shastri’s stint. Dravid played alongside Coetzer in 2003 for Scottish Saltires in the English one-day tournament in 2003. Dravid was hired as one of the vital overseas players and played a stunning knock of 114 runs while Coetzer got run out on the very first ball.

“We were involved in a run-out, and I was the person who was run out and he wasn’t. I think that was fair enough considering that he was the mainstay of the Scotland team then and making sure that he performed well and scored runs. So, I remember the day pretty clearly. I got a clear ‘no’ and got sent back,” said Coetzer as quoted by Cricwick.

I think coming up against a side like India just throws things to a new level: Kyle Coetzer

Dravid’s 11-month deal with Scotland was extremely fruitful as the dashing batter smashed 600 runs in the season in 11 games. Coetzer further added that Dravid is an extremely humble person and their game against India will definitely be a difficult task. They last played against New Zealand and were seen punching above their weight but lost a game by a close margin of 16 runs. It will be a thing to see how close they will be able to get against India.

“I think coming up against a side like India just throws things to a new level. The boys are really looking forward to it. The fixture is one that’s sort of been highlighted a while ago, but we also knew that every one of these games was going to be important,” added Coetzer.