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Let panel decide on coach: Dravid

The Test series in England has sparked off a debate on whether the Indian team really needs a coach, reports Amol Karhadkar.
By Amol Karhadkar | Hindustan Times, Southampton
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2007 04:34 AM IST

The Test series win against England has sparked off a debate on whether the Indian team really needs a coach. After all, the Men in Blue first beat Bangladesh in Bangladesh, South Africa in Ireland and England here — without a man in charge.

But skipper Rahul Dravid has again insisted that the team is not really without a coach.

“We do have a team management in place,” Dravid said. “After all, it’s the captain’s responsibility to see where his team is going.

“It’s my responsibility, along with a couple of coaches and the senior players, to decide the general direction in which the team is going… and to ensure that it should have enough skill to perform in all conditions.”

Dravid, however, refused to say whether he wanted a head coach to be appointed.

“At the end of the day, it’s not my decision, there is a committee in place, which will decide,” he said. “It will not be prudent for me to make a comment here. We have had success on this tour. Simply put, other factors have also helped us. We can’t just focus on the coach.”

The skipper added: "Sometimes, when you’re in the team, you look at things from one perspective. People from outside can look at a team and see the direction it’s going in. They must provide some input as well.”

That’s typical Dravid, isn’t it? Let’s hope that the skipper would put forward his views if and when asked by the coach-seeking committee.

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