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Is Rahul Dravid intersted in coaching India full time? Veteran answers

By Bet Barter

July 30, 2021

Rahul Dravid, head coach of India during the team’s tour to Sri Lanka, had a great time with the team, despite losing the T20I series 2-1. The 48-year-old was appreciated by one and all for agreeing to mentor the team in the absence of Ravi Shastri who is in England with the senior team.

Given the stature of Dravid in Indian cricket and the services he has given as coach for India A and India Under -19, there were speculations that Dravid might replace Shastri as the coach after the latter’s contract expires after the ICC T20 World Cup. The Indian veteran has now spoken on the issue. Speaking about taking the role of a coach full-time, the former India captain said he has still not given it a thought but admitted that he enjoyed coaching India during the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka.

 "I have enjoyed this experience. Look, I have not really thought anything far ahead," Dravid said at the virtual post-match press conference after the third and final T20 International.

Dravid was considered as one of the greatest batters of the game and was known for his patience during the time he played for India. He remained calm and patient during all the times as a coach too while advising the youngsters. Sharing his thoughts about his experience as a national coach, he said: 

"I have enjoyed the experience and I have loved working with these guys. It's been great. And no, I haven't given any other thought to anything else. There are (a) lot of challenges doing a full-time role, so I really don't know," quipped Dravid.