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Rahul to advise Dhoni and Co.

Calcutta/New Delhi: Former India captain Rahul Dravid will have a few sessions with the Indian batsmen ahead of their first Test against England starting in Nottingham on July 9.

“Rahul Dravid has accepted a request from the Indian team management, to support and advise the team in its preparatory stages of the tour of England, given his vast experience and knowledge of the game. He will be with the team till the beginning of the first Test,” a BCCI release said.

According to secretary Sanjay Patel, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher had approached the BCCI to have Dravid for a few interactive sessions with the young batsmen and the batting legend readily agreed to it.

“Rahul has not been appointed batting consultant or in any other capacity. Since he is a legend and has enjoyed stupendous success in England, the team management wanted the boys to interact with him before the first Test,” Patel said.

Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma, who was listless before the Leicestershire batsmen, was heckled by Indian fans on the third and final day of the drawn warm-up game.

According to a report in cricinfo.com, Indian fans peppered Ishant with verbal volleys as he walked towards his fielding position at long leg.