The wall Rahul Dravid doesn’t need any introduction. One of the most prolific batsman of all time, a solid character, and an inspiration to man modern batsman, Rahul Dravid post retirement ventured into grooming and preparing the next generation of Indian cricketers. He has been responsible for coaching many Indian young sides, and personally grooming batsman that are taking the world by storm in the modern game.
As India plan on splitting their white ball and test sides to play simultaneously, head coach Ravi Shastri will be busy with the test side in England for the World Test Championship and the following test series against England in August. This leaves a head coach spot open for the white ball team which is going to tour Sri Lanka in July. Rahul Dravid is to take up that role with Shikhar Dhawan speculated to captain the side.
Apart from serving the country with his excellent skilled batting and on-field inspiring character, Dravid has been involved in the past with achievements of second string Indian sides. Let’s look at some of his achievements in his innings as a coach and get excited about him getting back to a national Indian side!
U-19 World Cup 2016 (Runners Up)
This batch of youngsters had a few known names from today’s game including the budding superstar Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar, Khaleel Ahmed, Avesh Khan, and was led by Ishan Kishan. This team was very successful, smashing through the likes of Ireland, New Zealand, and Nepal in the league stage. Then they went on to defeat Namibia and Sri Lanka in the quarter and semi finals after that. This was Dravid’s first major task assignment after being appointed head coach of the National A team and U19 team. He was almost successful too but the team lost to the West Indies in the final by 5 wickets.
Work with India A
Rahul Dravid was the head coach of the National A side since 2015, and was responsible for a lot of players smoothly making their transition from the A team to the senior team. These players include Rishabh Pant, Hanuma Vihari, and of course, Mayank Agarwal. Agarwal played in England and New Zealand in the 2018-19 circuit before he made his debut at the Boxing Day test match in Australia where he was impressive right away.
The A team is where a lot of upcoming players get to taste the competitive nature of international cricket before they get the full package. Having a pro like Dravid nurture their talents at this stage must be very crucial and a pivotal point in these players’s career.
U-19 World Cup 2018 (Champions)
In his second stint with a young U-19 squad, Dravid was successful at bringing the cup home. He coached the side which was led by young Prithvi Shaw, and had potential giants of the game in the future like Shubhman Gill, Shivam Mavi, and Kamlesh Nagarkoti. In this tournament, India defeated Australia, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, in the league stages, and Pakistan in a nail biter semi-final. Defeating Australia in the finals, this side announced continued prevalence in world cricket, and also Rahul Dravid’s competency as a capable coaching figure.
The testimonials of Dravid’s greatness as a mentor are not hidden from anyone. Being the chief of NCA, he and Saurav Ganguly are continuing to serve Indian cricket after making their debuts in international cricket together. The love for this man and support for everything he does on and off the field is impeccable. We are all excited to see how India does with this alternate international side with Rahul Dravid pulling the strings behind the scenes!