Rahul Dravid named India's batting consultant

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Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014, 11:20 [IST]
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Bangalore, June 29: Former India captain Rahul Dravid will be the batting consultant for the MS Dhoni-led side on the tour of England.

On Sunday, former India opener Aakash Chopra tweeted about Dravid's appointment and praised BCCI for the decision.

Dravid named India's batting consultant

"Rahul Dravid to be the batting consultant for the tour of England...wonderful decision by the BCCI. #kudos," Chopra tweeted today.

India will play five Tests, five ODIs and a T20I in England. The team is already in England and yesterday completed a three-day warm-up game against Leicestershire which ended in a draw.

The 41-year-old Dravid, who has over 13,000 Test and more than 10,000 ODI runs, is among the greatest batsmen in the history of the game.

This will be first major assignment with the Indian team for Dravid since his retirement from international cricket in 2012.

Dravid played 164 Tests, 344 ODIs and 1 Twenty20 International.

It was under Dravid's captaincy that India won their last Test series in England, in 2007.

The first India-England Test starts at Trent Bridge on July 9.

BCCI clarifies

"Let me clarify at the outset that Rahul Dravid has not been appointed batting consultant or in any other capacity. Since he is a legend and has enjoyed stupendous success in England, the team management wanted the boys to interact with him before the first Test," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told PTI today.

"Subsequently MS and Duncan requested me to find out whether Rahul could spare some time with the boys ahead of 1st Test at Nottingham. I spoke to Rahul and he was gracious enough to agree. We want him to share his vast experience. He has had so much success in England that no one can tell the current lot better about technique and temperament than Rahul," Patel added.


Story first published:  Sunday, June 29, 2014, 10:33 [IST]
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