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There is immense sporting talent at the grassroots of a nation like India, and it often goes unnoticed due to several factors, key among them the financial. The next Sania Mirza, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Anirban Lahiri or Vijender Singh could be practising the sport in an alley, but with no means to train and hone their skills and no attention to their abilities, their talent lies unnoticed.

It is therefore important for those already established within a specific sport to contribute to the growth of talent in the sport. In improving the talent pool for a sport, it is the sport that will eventually benefit.

Several countries - Russia prime among them – have programs where established tennis players who have trained under the strong state coaching system and found success donate a portion of their income towards these programmes so the youth who are part of them may benefit, with the cycle continuing.

Such programmes, run in India on a large scale, could help the country’s neglected sporting talent come to fruition. In the meanwhile, here are 7 athletes who are contirbuting to theiir own sport even from behind the scenes:

#1 Rahul Dravid

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The Wall is known for being a staunch supporter of young Indian cricketing talent, and has mentored several players on the current team, most notably among them Indian batting star Ajinkya Rahane.

Following an illustrious ODI and test career, the Wall was part of IPL team Rajasthan Royals from 2011 to 2015, and for the first three years batted for the team, following which he coached the side, taking on a role Shane Warne had earlier performed.

He also took on a short stint as the batting consultant for the Indian team in 2014 ahead of the tour of England. 

With the team now defunct, Dravid has taken on a much more significant role on the Indian cricketing scene: he currently coaches the India A and under-19 squads simultaneously, and said in an official BCCI interview that it was...” interesting... being a coach you learn about a lot more things than as a player. As a player and as a batsman, your focus is on the batting side of things and you don't pay as much attention to bowling.”

 

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