Legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar feels that India’s newly appointed head coach Rahul Dravid will bring his vast experience in shaping the Indian team.
On Wednesday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that Rahul Dravid will take over as India’s new head coach after Ravi Shastri departs.
Indian cricket should be going ahead and ahead: Sunil Gavaskar on Rahul Dravid’s appointment
Dravid brings along with him his experience of coaching NCA and India U-19 players, some of them are currently playing for India in the T20 World Cup.
Gavaskar said Dravid’s appointment and India winning the match against Afghanistan by 66 runs was the best news for Indian cricket after having a tough time in the T20 World Cup.
“Indian cricket should be going ahead and ahead. He will bring his vast experience, the work ethic that he embodied when he played the game, the deep thinking about tactics and so on,” Gavaskar told India Today.
“You need to have some instinctiveness during matches but you also need to be able to plan and I think this and the win over Afghanistan is probably the best news Indian cricket has had over the last one week or so,” he added.
Rahul Dravid should take stock of the situation: Sunil Gavaskar
Although, India have very slim chances to qualify for the semi-final stage in the T20 World Cup with two more games left against Scotland and Namibia.
Gavaskar wants Dravid to watch these teo games and start drafting his plans for the Indian team before he takes his first assignment with the senior team.
“After this tournament is over you’ve got to have a new coach and the earlier he is appointed, the better it is because he will also get time to plan. And so this move of appointing him today is a very good move because it has given him some time before the tournament finishes,” Gavaskar said.
“There are still two more matches that India have to play. Right now it is time for Dravid to take stock of the situation after watching the matches and he will then decide what is best for Indian cricket,” he added.
Dravid’s first task with the Indian team will be the home series against New Zealand, which includes three T20 Internationals and a couple of Tests, starting on November 17.