New Delhi: Former India Test batsman Wasim Jaffer has opined that former India captain and great batsman Rahul Dravid should not become the permanent coach of the Indian team.
Rahul Dravid is on a tour of Sri Lanka with a team these days. Here Team India will play a series of three ODIs and 3 T20 matches under the leadership of Shikhar Dhawan. There is a good mix of senior and young players in this team. Dravid will help the players to devise strategies on the field here.
“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. I feel that he needs to work with these India u-19 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 said Dravid’s guidance can be of more use for the youngsters rising through ranks. The former opener said the ones who play for India now are more or less finished products while Dravid is needed to guide the budding players more.
“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 added.
“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.
Shikhar Dhawan-led team will play three ODIs and three T20 matches against Sri Lanka. All the matches will be played at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.