Rahul Dravid is currently serving as the stand-in coach for the Indian cricket team during their tour of Sri Lanka. Many consider him to be the heir apparent to Ravi Shastri as Team India’s permanent head coach. Wasim Jaffer, the former India captain and current director of cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), believes that someone like Dravid is much more needed there.
Players at the international level, according to Jaffer, are already finished goods, but India can benefit from Rahul Dravid’s mentorship skills at the NCA, where he works with the Under-19 squad and India A players.
Jaffer clarified his position on his YouTube channel:
“He’ll be coaching this Indian team in Sri Lanka. Those kids, I’m sure, will benefit much. Personally, I believe he should not pursue the position of national team coach. At the NCA, I believe he should work with these India U-19 and India A players. The international players in the Indian team, in my opinion, are a finished product.”
The former India opener went on to say:
“At the u-19 and India A levels, though, Rahul Dravid’s mentorship and guidance are more needed. His advice is essential for them to advance to the next level. So I believe he should stay at the NCA for a longer amount of time in order for our bench strength to continue to increase.”
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Before taking up the post of director of cricket at the NCA in Bangalore, Rahul Dravid was the coach of the India Under-19 team from 2016 to 2019.
“Rahul Dravid cannot be a better role model or mentor than he is.” Wasim Jaffer is a writer who lives in the United Arab Emirates.
Wasim Jaffer commended the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Rahul Dravid for producing international-ready players.
The Blues have been able to field two international teams at the same time. The first team is currently in England for a five-Test series against the hosts, while the second team is in Sri Lanka for a limited-overs series.
Jaffer summarized the situation as follows:
“The BCCI deserves credit for the number of strong players who are coming, as well as the manner they have established the infrastructure and pathway.” India now has a reliable supply chain. More credit should be given to Rahul Dravid for the way he is leading the team.
Despite fielding a new-look team for the Sri Lanka tour, India is considered the favorite for the three-match ODI and three-match T20I series, which begins on July 13.