The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may be considering former Indian captain Rahul Dravid for the post of Team India head coach. The BCCI advisory committee comprising of former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman has approached Rahul Dravid to take up the role of chief coach of Team India. India’s last coach was Duncan Fletcher and his role ended after the ICC World Cup in 2015. Ravi Shastri term of being the team’s director too ended with India semi final loss to the West Indies in ICC World T20 2016.
Rahul Dravid is presently the mentor of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Daredevils. Before this he led the India Under-19 team to the World Cup final last month. While playing for Rajasthan Royals earlier, Dravid had also taken up the role of a mentor for the franchise, a job in which he continued even after quitting the game. The BCCI is likely to continue with the services of assistant coach Sanjay Bangar, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar for now. The BCCI had earlier contacted former Australian player Michael Hussey for the role, but the proposal didn’t work out.
India scheduled to play 18 Test matches between June 2016 and March 2017, and Dravid’s experience – a Dravid played 164 Test matches and 344 ODIs behind him makes all the more sense to the board right now. Neither Dravid nor any of the three member advisory committee members were available for comment. BCCI seem desperate as Dravid is a perfectionist for grooming young players and teaching them the importance of temperament which was clearly visible with his stint for both Rajasthan Royals and Indian U-19 team.