Dravid hints at coaching stint with Team India

Updated: Monday, December 16, 2013, 16:14 [IST]
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Dravid open to coaching Team India

Mumbai, Jul 2: The Wall of Indian Cricket, Rahul Dravid who recently retired from international cricket hinted that he was open to coaching the Indian cricket team in the future.

"Who knows someday in the future," Dravid said when reporters asked if he would be interested in taking up coaching responsibility of the Indian team in future.

Dravid, who also added that he was playing the role of a captain cum mentor for Rajasthan Royals in the fifth edition of IPL, said he enjoyed doing that though it was only for a short period.

"I don't know. Lot of things that I have not decided on. I don't have the level 1, 2, 3 certificates that people want sometimes.

"It was part of my role with Rajasthan Royals this year. It was little more than leadership, I was involved in the tactical and coaching side of it... Enjoyed doing that," he added.

Dravid, the third highest run-scorer in Test cricket represented India in 164 Tests and 344 ODIS and has scored 13288 and 10889 runs respectively.

Though the cricketer's stint as a captain was not very successful, he led the Indian cricket team to a series win in England and West Indies for the first time in a generation.

While his role as a captain and mentor of IPL team Rajasthan Royals did see a lot of difference in his leadership skills, as he looked more aggressive, charged up as a captain leading the team from the front and help them sort out the problems.

The fifth edition of IPL in April-May 2012, came just after he announced his retirement, that could be another reason for such a change, but truly the stylish batsman showed how much cricket means to him and was easily the best player when compared with the batsmen of his era, who also played the fifth edition of IPL.

Now, with 'The Wall' hinting at a coaching stint, things are definitely going to change for the Indian Cricket Team under the experienced Rahul Dravid, provided the selectors take some cue from his statements.


Story first published:  Monday, July 2, 2012, 10:26 [IST]
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