Former Indian player Balwinder Singh Sandhu said that Rahul Dravid is the best choice to take the role of India’s head coach.
India’s current head coach, Ravi Shastri’s tenure, will expire after the T20 World Cup in the middle of November.
The BCCI has officially invited the application for the Indian team’s head coach position, with the due date to apply is October 26.
Rahul Dravid has also grown as a coach with the youngsters: Balwinder Singh Sandhu
Sandhu, who played eight Tests and 22 ODI matches for India, said that Dravid’s familiarity with many of the players as the India A and Under-19 teams coach will be a huge advantage to the Indian team.
“Dravid has spent 2-3 years with India A team and at NCA. Now, he will (in all likelihood) coach most of those whom he has seen in the last few years. He is the best choice and the perfect person to coach the side,” Sandhu was quoted as saying by Times of India.
“Dravid, as a coach, has also grown with them. He knows the nitty-gritty of every junior, and that is a big advantage for India and him as well,” he added.
If we have two separate skippers, the stress will be less: Balwinder Singh Sandhu
Indian cricket team will soon see a formula of split captaincy as current skipper Virat Kohli will step down from the T20I captaincy role.
Last month, Kohli took to his Twitter handle to announce his decision to give up India’s captaincy in the shortest format but will continue to lead them in Tests and ODIs.
Rohit Sharma, who is India’s vice-captain in limited-overs cricket, is the likeliest choice to take over as India’s T20I captain.
Sandhu believes that split captaincy will lessen the burden amongst both leaders, and it will bring better outcomes in terms of performance.
“I think it is good. Captains are always under pressure. They have to look after every little thing to set things up for victory. That sometimes leads to fatigue. If we have two separate skippers, the stress will be less and chances of better performance will increase,” Sandhu reckoned.
India will play against Pakistan on October 24 in the Super 12 stage in Dubai.