Rahul Dravid on India’s full time Head Coach I Rahul Dravid says not thinking about future after asking to take full time coach job I India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I colombo R Premdasa Stadium
- Rahul Dravid clarified on becoming the full time head coach of the national team
- Rahul Dravid said that he enjoyed the experience of coaching in Sri Lanka
- Rahul Dravid shares thoughts about the challenge faced by the players in Sri Lanka
ColomboRahul Dravid, who took over the responsibility of coaching the Indian team in the limited overs series against Sri Lanka, said that he has not thought of taking up the coaching position of the national team on a full-time basis. Former India captain and batting great Dravid, however, said that he “enjoyed” the experience of coaching the team in Sri Lanka.
Dravid said in a virtual press conference on Thursday night after the third and final T20 International, ‘I have enjoyed the experience. I haven’t really thought anything about the future. Dravid was asked to share his experience as to whether he would like to take up the coaching position if given a chance in future.
The great batsman said, ‘To be honest, I am happy with what I am doing now. I haven’t thought of anything other than this tour. I have enjoyed the experience and I love working with these players. It was wonderful. And I haven’t thought of anything else. There are a lot of challenges in playing a full time role so I really don’t know.
India’s head coach Ravi Shastri is currently with the Indian Test team, which lost the final of the World Test Championship to New Zealand and will now play a five-match series against England. Shastri’s contract is till the end of the T20 World Cup, which is to be played in the UAE and Oman from October 17 to November 14, and it is not yet clear whether he would like to reapply as he is 59 years old and holds the position of Indian coach. The maximum age limit for this is 60 years.
Players know that not all wickets are flat
Dravid said playing in Sri Lanka, young Indian batsmen learned that not all wickets are flat and they need to learn the skill of playing on low-scoring pitches. India lost the series 1-2 after losing the third T20I. Nine major players of India could not play this match due to the isolation protocol related to Corona infection. Asked if he was disappointed with the performance of the young batsmen, Dravid replied in the negative.
He said, ‘I am not disappointed because they are all young people. They will learn from experience. Will learn from facing such conditions and bowling. The bowling of Sri Lankan team is very good. They would like to score some more runs. He got to learn that not every pitch will be flat. We have to learn to score 130-140 runs on these kind of pitches.
Dravid said, ‘It has been a good lesson for the young players. They will be able to introspect their performance and make better strategy going forward. Situations like this are not very common in T20 cricket, but when you do, you should be able to play better.
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