Dravid not interested in India coach job, cites time constraints as reason
Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar wants Rahul Dravid to take up the highly challenging job of India coach but the former captain is not ready as yet to assume the mantle from under-fire incumbent Duncan Fletcher because of "time constraints".chandigarh Updated: Mar 14, 2014 21:12 IST
Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar wants Rahul Dravid to take up the highly challenging job of India coach but the former captain is not ready as yet to assume the mantle from under-fire incumbent Duncan Fletcher because of "time constraints".
"I am happy that he (Gavaskar) said I am capable of doing the job. But the job requires a lot of time, almost 11 months a year. I have just retired and at the moment because of time constraints, I have to
decline (the suggestion)," said Dravid at a promotional event here today.
"For me, Duncan Fletcher would get 1.5 in a scale of 10 as far as his success is concerned. I believe a younger guy should be appointed as the coach of the Indian team," Gavaskar had told a TV channel a few days ago.
"Rahul Dravid is one man who is enormously respected and was a successful captain, having won series in West Indies and England. When he speaks, the Indian players, some of whom are superstars, listen to him as they know how much preparation went into his game," Gavaskar added.
Dravid, however, did not totally rule out the possibility of taking up the job in future.
"I am going to perform a different role (mentor) for Rajasthan Royals this year in IPL. Who knows what lies in store in the future," said the 41-year-old former batsman who amassed over 24,000 runs from 164 Tests and 344 ODIs before retiring last year.
Dravid expected the Cricket Board to continue with the current support staff comprising Zimbabwean Fletcher, bowling and fielding coaches Joe Dawes and Trevor Penney, respectively, at least till the end of the next World Cup in March 2015.
"With the World Cup less than a year away I don't think there would be any changes in the support staff of the team. Ideally, they should be given a four-year period to change things. There is no point of changing the leadership ahead of the World Cup," said Dravid.
Dravid said that India need to ensure that once they get into a winning position they complete the task.
"I think Dhoni is as good a batsman as anyone is. Jadeja is improving. Ashwin is improving. I think that opportunity lies. We have to be brave to be able to win Test matches.
Because we are getting into positions and we are not able to get those 20 wickets to be able to win Test matches.
"And that is a little bit of area we need to plug. We might get bowled out cheaply, sometimes because we have a batsman less, but we will also get a team out when we are in a position to do so with those extra bowlers. I won't blame only Dhoni. He has got a young batting line up. Traditionally, after Kapil Dev, we have not had the confidence of being able to say that we have a genuine all-rounder. We have not had that.
"All-rounders of Kapil's quality come generationally. It's very, very hard to find that kind of quality. We have never had it traditionally. Fast bowling all-rounder, we have had one in our whole history. They don't come very easy unfortunately."
First Published: Mar 14, 2014 21:09 IST