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‘I don’t think there is going to be any change’ – Aakash Chopra picks Ravi Shastri over Rahul Dravid as India coach

By Bet Barter

July 22, 2021

Ever since Rahul Dravid agreed to coach India for the Sri Lanka tour, there have been speculations that the veteran may take over the responsibilities of Indian coach from Ravi Shastri. It must be noted that Shastri’s term comes to end in November and several reports stated that he may not ask for an extension. Dravid, on the other hand, is credited for preparing a strong bench strength for India. The former skipper has led a young Indian team to an impressive win over Sri Lanka in the ODI series.

Cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra feels that Rahul Dravid is unlikely to put his name in contention for the Indian coach, adding that if Dravid wants to apply, it will be a tough fight between him and Shastri.

“I don’t think Rahul Dravid is going to put his name on the list. There can be just one competition if Rahul says he wants to be India’s coach. If he wants, then it will be a strong fight.”

“But if Dravid doesn’t put his name, whoever puts his name on that list, he will not be able to stand in front of Ravi Shastri, that is what I believe but then we shall find out.”

Chopra feels that Shastri in all likelihood will continue as the Indian coach, saying that there is no real contender, apart from Dravid, who can challenge Shastri.

“I don’t think there is going to be any change. I feel Ravi Shastri will continue. Just because there is a process, applications will be invited, there will be some recce. I don’t see a change in the offing, to be very honest.”