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Challenges galore for Rahul Dravid after miserable South Africa tour

By BetBarter Staff

January 23, 2022

Former Pakistani pacer, Shoaib Akhtar believes that Rahul Dravid has a point to prove after India's dismal performance on the South Africa tour. 'The Rawalpindi Express' feels Indian Cricket is at crossroads after Virat Kohli stepped down as India's captain. The South Africa tour was Rahul David's first away series as India's full-time coach but the team failed to deliver expected results. Also, there have been numerous controversies as well, including Virat Kohli's shocking decision to step down as India captain. Akhtar believes a poor series doesn't mean that Indian cricket is going to go down from here, adding that Rahul Dravid needs to take control of the situation.

"I don't know what Sourav Ganguly and other people think. But Indian cricket is definitely at the pinnacle point. When asked about India's fall, he said, "No, Indian cricket is not going down. You have to take control of the situation. Rahul Dravid has a big job in his hands, " said Akhtar as quoted by Sports NDTV

Akhtar believes that Ravi Shastri did a commendable job as an India coach and Rahul Dravid has big shoes to fill. The pacer said that Dravid has to prove that he is not an overrated coach. "I hope people don't say that he's an overrated coach. He has to prove that, and obviously he has big shoes to fill in the place of Ravi Shastri. He has a big task ahead, let's see how he performs."

India's captaincy transition has not been smooth. While Kohli stepped down as T20I captain, he was sacked from ODI leadership before Kohli gave up the Test leadership as well. Akhtar admitted that he was aware that something big is going to happen after India failed to win the 20-20 World Cup. "There were people against him. So I wasn't surprised at his decision to quit. It's not an easy job," he said.