Bangalore: Rahul Dravid has said it is time the Indian team goes through a transition and a new group of leaders emerges to act as a link between his generation and the next. Dravid said it was the responsibility of players like MS Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan, who have been around for long enough, to shepherd the successful transition of India's Test team and "set the tone" for their younger team-mates. Dravid announced his retirement from international and first-class cricket earlier this month, and India's other two senior batsmen, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, are both in their late 30s.
In his first interview after retirement, Dravid told ESPNcricinfo that the next lot of senior players needed to "step it up, not only as players, but as spokesmen, as people who decide the culture of the team, the way the team is run, the image they want to project and which form of the game is important to this team." The Indian team, he said, has "got to move on from being the team that was led by my generation."
While he has already seen part of the transition between generations take place, Dravid said India's challenge would be to understand how Twenty20 and the IPL impacted younger players.