Can Rahul Dravid Help Team India Counter Its Problems
After the poor performance of Team India in the T20 World Cup, now the responsibility of feathering it has been entrusted to Rahul Dravid, who is called ‘The Wall’, as the head coach. After Ravi Shastri became the head coach in 2017 till this time T20 World Cup, Team India achieved many successes, but a stone was left unturned. That is to capture the ICC trophy. As soon as Dravid took over, it was time to give the first exam. Team India’s T20 series with New Zealand has started and after this two Tests are to be played. Some impression of Dravid will definitely be seen in this series. Apart from this, if we win this series in the shortest format of cricket, then to some extent the loss suffered by this team in the World Cup will be compensated to some extent.
the challenge of coordination
Rohit Sharma has been entrusted with this responsibility after Virat Kohli quit the captaincy of this format after the T20 World Cup, which ended recently. If Rohit starts the captaincy successfully, then there may be pressure to make him the captain of the ODI team in the coming days. Anyway, the countries where captaincy is divided in the world, there are different captains of white ball and red ball. This means that the T20 and ODI team is handed over to one captain and the Test team is handed over to the other captain. If such a situation arises in his own right, then Dravid’s main responsibility will be to ensure that the team does not split into two camps.
The situation of two captains is not being created for the first time in India. He and Virat were the captains after Mahendra Singh Dhoni retired from Tests. But good relations like these two are not considered between Rohit and Virat. Dravid has also played with these two players and has also captained in the IPL, so he hardly has any problem in tackling both. At the same time, the future of Team India will depend a lot on what direction Rohit Sharma gives to the team as a captain.
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Ravi Shastri left with the regret that after taking over as the head coach of the team in 2017, Team India could not win any ICC trophy. During his tenure, India faced three chances – the ODI World Cup in 2019, the World Test Championship in 2021 and then the T20 World Cup. Twice New Zealand broke the dream and for the third time we could not even reach the semi-finals. Dravid has been entrusted with the responsibility of coach till the ICC ODI World Cup to be held in India in 2023. During this time the World Test Championship is to be held and the next year i.e. 2022 is to organize the T20 World Cup in Australia. This means that Dravid has to be ready for the first major exam in just 11 months.
Under Ravi Shastri’s coach, India won the Test series against Australia twice at his home. He also achieved many successes against other countries. But it remains to be seen how Dravid executes the work he could not do. Under Dravid’s guidance, if the Indian team can win even one out of three, then their iron will once again be recognized. It is said about Dravid that he prefers to create a system for any work rather than doing it personally. This is also the mantra of his second innings success after retiring from cricket as a player.
We all know that Indian cricket has touched new heights in the last few decades. But there is one country in which India has not yet won a Test series and that is South Africa. Team India has to tour South Africa only after the series from New Zealand. India’s first Test success against this country at home was in Johannesburg in 2006. Then the captain of the team was Rahul Dravid. This time, everyone’s eyes will be on how he can get his team to perform.
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After retiring from cricket as a player, Rahul Dravid started his second innings as the coach of the Under-19 and India A teams in 2015. In these four years, he not only handled the careers of all the youth but also gave new heights. During this period, he had created such a supply chain, which was never seen in any other country. The result of this was that India was able to play series against both England and Sri Lanka simultaneously. Another challenge is to come during Dravid’s tenure as head coach. Many players in the current team are between 33 and 35 years old. Their career can end anytime between two years to four years. These include players like Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami. Dravid will have to prepare at least two options for these players in time.
Indian captain Virat Kohli is 33 years old and Rohit Sharma has been made the captain of T20 team at 34. He is expected to play for another four-five years. Therefore, the challenge of preparing the future captain will also be in front of Dravid. For this they have players like KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer. The need is to prepare them for this role. The general opinion is also that Dravid can do this job very well.
Disclaimer: The views expressed above are those of the author.
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