Despite a few hiccups, individual player form etc, Team India overall ticked most of the boxes on a track that was not a rank turner.
Dravid in fact chose to give the groundsmen at the Green Park stadium Rs 35,000 personally for preparing a sporting track which had something for everyone. It was a track which was essentially not a rank turning dust bowl and produced a good contest which lasted all 5 days and ended in what could be called a thrilling draw.
Having someone like Rahul Dravid at the helm of affairs is in itself a move that calms nerves and helps people focus more. The kind of personal experience of having played the game at the highest level and being one of the legends of the sport, the overall reputation of being a good guy who puts Indian cricket ahead of anything else, stellar coaching credentials at the junior India levels and an overall sense of calm that Dravid brings to the table is immense. And from whatever we have seen so far in the very short period of time that he has been Head coach, it’s quite clear that he is drawing up a blueprint for the future of Indian cricket, across formats.
Former India cricketer Saba Karim was a guest on Times of India’s sports podcast – Sportscast recently and spoke about the challenges of being the India Head coach, especially heading into what are very very busy times.
Rahul Dravid, centre, watches India cricketers train. (AP Photo)
“There’s a huge challenge ahead for Rahul Dravid as a Head coach. He has to look after the Test team, he has to prepare for the T20 World Cup coming up in Australia next year, then you have the One Day World Cup coming up in 2023. For all these three formats to have that kind of communication with the players and the selectors, to pick the right kind of resources, to give them enough time to prepare – it’s not going to be easy. But I think the kind of maturity and the kind of experience that Rahul Dravid has over the past several years, I am sure he will be able to deliver.” Saba Karim said on TOI Sportscast.
According to Saba, a former India wicket-keeper batsman, Dravid has much more to offer to Indian cricket and in the future the BCCI could perhaps look at giving him a much larger role, if he is willing to take it on, to drive Indian cricket forward.
KL Rahul (R) talks with coach Rahul Dravid during a practice session. (AFP Photo)
“I actually visualise Rahul Dravid in a larger role. Not now, maybe two years down the line. I look at him as becoming the Director of Cricket Operations in India and under him all the verticals of Indian cricket should fall – Team India, Womens Team India, U-19 India, India A – thats the image I have of Rahul Dravid in my mind and I feel that will be great for BCCI. Maybe not now, maybe a year or two down the line, because the kind of person he is and the kind of experience he brings to the table – I somehow feel that being just the Head coach is not enough. There is so much more that Rahul Drabid can offer and I think that the best way to do that and to serve Indian cricket for long would be to look after Indian cricket in the capacity of a Director, so that all the verticals come under him. That’s the kind of role I would like Rahul Dravid to have and I hope the BCCI can think along those lines also.” Saba Karim further said on TOI Sportscast.
You can listen to the full podcast with Saba Karim here: TOI Sportscast