India coach Rahul Dravid followed the tradition of handing over the maiden India cap to the debutants by former India cricketers so as to keep them motivated in their pursuit to be successful at the international level.
India middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer got his maiden Test cap from the greats of the game Sunil Gavaskar. A moment to cherish for Iyer as he was excited to receive the cap from a batting legend like Gavaskar.
It was a tradition that the maiden Test or ODI/T20I cap was either given by one of the senior cricketers of the team or the captain or coach. After taking over the captaincy duties, Virat Kohli continued to follow Dhoni’s footsteps and the age-old tradition was abolished.
Now, Dravid seems to be bringing back the customary receiving of the India cap from a former India cricketer that pretty much ended after he relinquished his captaincy of the Indian cricket team.