India vs Sri Lanka: Wasim Jaffer explained why Rahul Dravid should not push to become a full-time head coach of the senior Indian team.
With Rahul Dravid managing the second contingent of the Indian team in Sri Lanka, many former cricketers have contemplated the former India skipper becoming a full-time head coach for the Men in Blue. However, Wasim Jaffer feels that Dravid should not be pushing to manage Team India.
Former India opener, Jaffer, feels that Dravid should continue nurturing India’s young talent and strengthen the bench for the senior team as the chief of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.
Dravid was named as the coach of the Shikhar Dhawan-led young Indian side for the white-ball series in Sri Lanka as regular captain Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri are currently in England preparing for the five-match Test series.
BCCI, for the first time, decided to prepare two Indian sides that will play simultaneously in Sri Lanka and England.
In a recent video uploaded to his official YouTube channel, Jaffer gave an unpopular or say odd opinion in which he said that Rahul Dravid should remain as the backbone and coach of the India A and U19 team. This opinion comes from him after there were discussions amongst fans on social media that Dravid should be made the head coach of the senior men’s national team permanently, from some aspects that seem to be true but to declare that is Not a good habit of India’s former opener.
“The amount of good players that are coming, the credit definitely goes to the BCCI, the way they have developed the infrastructure and pathway. India now has a strong supply line. Even more, credit goes to Rahul Dravid, the way he is working as head coach at the NCA, and the way he guiding u-19 players, India A, and fringe players. There can’t be a better role model or better mentor than Rahul Dravid,” Jaffer said.
“He is going as a coach of this Indian team to Sri Lanka. I’m sure those youngsters will benefit a lot. I personally feel that he shouldn’t push to become the coach of the national team. And, I feel that he needs to work with these India U19 players and India A players at the NCA. I think the international players who play in the Indian team are a finished product,” Jaffer said on his YouTube channel.
Jaffer further explained that the mentorship and guidance are required by the U19 and India A players and Dravid can help in making them prepare better for the time when they go to international cricket. “But Rahul Dravid’s mentorship and guidance are more needed at the u-19 and India A level. His guidance is crucial for them to achieve the next level. So I think he needs to stay at the NCA for a longer period of time for our bench strength so that it keeps growing stronger,” Jaffer said.
The three-match ODI series between India and Sri Lanka will kick off on July 13.
Ever since Rahul Dravid was appointed as a temporary coach of the second half of New team India different advice, opinions are coming into the limelight furthermore it’s very interesting to see how well team India performs against Sri Lanka under the guidance of Wall of India and captaincy of Dhawan.