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Rahul Dravid best candidate to replace Anil Kumble as India coach: Ricky Ponting

With BCCI looking at candidates to find a successor for Indian cricket team coach Anil Kumble after the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Rahul Dravid could be a top contender. Dravid has been instrumental in unearthing young Indian talent with his work as the Under-19 and India ‘A’ coach.

cricket Updated: May 30, 2017 14:44 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Champions Trophy 2017,Anil Kumble,Rahul Dravid
The one-year contract of Anil Kumble (right) as Indian cricket team coach will expire at the end of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Kumble’s former teammate and the current India ‘A’ and Under-19 team coach, Rahul Dravid, has the credentials and expertise to replace him, feels Ricky Ponting.(Getty Images)

Things don’t look too rosy for India cricket team coach Anil Kumble at the moment. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has initiated a process to find a successor for Kumble despite favourable results on one side, while news are doing the rounds, quoting sources, that skipper Virat Kohli and senior members of the team are unhappy with the coach.

Kumble’s one-year contract with the Indian team ends after the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Former Australia cricket team skipper Ricky Ponting feels the time is ripe for Rahul Dravid to take over the reins from Kumble.

Rahul Dravid has been instrumental in unearthing young Indian talent with his work as the Under-19 and India ‘A’ coach. The former India team skipper has also been credited for providing ample opportunities to youngsters in the Indian Premier League (IPL) during his time with the Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils.

“I don’t think the BCCI will find many better candidates than someone like him (Dravid),” Ponting was quoted as saying by an Australian newspaper. “If he’s interested in doing the job, he will do a good job. He’s got a lot of knowledge, is very experienced and understands all three formats.”

It is speculated that might not get an extension after the Champions Trophy since he has rubbed the BCCI the wrong way.

Kumble demanded a substantial rise in the salaries of the players (including domestic cricketers) and support staff and has also given a presentation to that effect to the BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA). He, reportedly, wrote a letter to the BCCI too, highlighting the team’s point of view that India is keen to participate in the Champions Trophy when some top officials were mulling a pull out from the tournament.

First Published: May 30, 2017 14:23 IST