Bangalore, Jul 5: If India have to find a suitable replacement for Rahul Dravid in Test cricket, there could be no better way than to hand that job to the man himself.
Dravid, the batting perfectionist, could be the ideal choice to take charge as the batting coach of the Indian team.
Recently, Dravid, who hinted that he might be looking at a coaching career with the Indian team, should be asked to groom the next generation of young batsmen.
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and many more talented young batsmen will benefit immensely if they spend a lot of time with "The Wall".
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had previously called up on former Indian batting great Sunil Gavaskar to be the team's consultant. In the recent past, BCCI has gone in for foreign coaches, starting from John Wright to Greg Chappell followed by Gary Kirsten and the incumbent Duncan Fletcher.
With a rich experience of international cricket and known for his great knowledge of the game, Dravid should soon be given that role, starting from the home Test series against New Zealand in August.
The recent tour to the Caribbean exposed young Indian batsmen's technique on their pitches. Rahane, Rohit and company failed miserably in the four-day games against the West Indies 'A' pacemen.
What if they were handed batting lessons from Dravid before they embarked on that tour? Surely they would have picked up lot of batting tips that would have made them better.
Judging by Dravid's comments on Wednesday in Mumbai, the right-hander too is keen to be associated with the game.
"I don't really know what is lined up in the future. It is a great game and it has been part of my life. I would in some way like to be involved in some form or the other. What that form takes, and how and when it happens, you never know," Dravid said.
"It is a great game and there is no way I can give back, because it is too great a game to give back. I would love to be associated with it someway and what form it takes I don't know," he added.
There is also more option for BCCI. If Dravid is not keen on travelling and being part of the hectic cricket calender, he should be convinced to share his knowledge at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.
Dravid, the Bangalore boy, is a daily visitor to the M Chinnaswamy Stadium where NCA is located. NCA is the school where BCCI will find the next super stars of Indian cricket.
Having played the game for 16 years, Dravid will be finding it tough to not bat at all now. However, his love for the game is still there as he turned up for local club sides in Chennai and Bangalore.
BCCI needs to act fast and rope in Dravid for the August Test series. It will also be a nice gesture from the Indian cricket board to one of the greatest batsmen of all time.