‘I don’t think Rahul Dravid is going to put his name on the list’ – Aakash Chopra backs Ravi Shastri to continue as India coach

Aakash Chopra feels it will be a tough fight if Dravid is also in the race for India’s head coach

Rahul Dravid, Ravi Shastri
Rahul Dravid, Ravi Shastri ( Image Credit: Twitter)

Cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra feels Ravi Shastri will continue as India’s head coach. Shastri’s contract expires in November and speculations were rife that he may not continue with the team for a second term. Reports were surfacing too that Rahul Dravid will most likely take over the responsibilities from Shastri.

Currently, Dravid is coaching a young team India in Sri Lanka and has started his tenure with a bang, helping the team seal the ODI series 2-0. These two victories by a relatively inexperienced squad have made fans and a few experts craving for Dravid as the head coach of the national team.

But Chopra in a recent video on his YouTube channel said that Dravid is unlikely to put his name in contention for India’s head coach. “I don’t think Rahul Dravid is going to put his name on the list. There can be just one competition if Rahul says he wants to be India’s coach. If he wants, then it will be a strong fight.”

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The 43-year-old further opined that it will be easy for Shastri to get the contract extension from the BCCI as Dravid was the only ‘real contender’.

 “But if Dravid doesn’t put his name, whoever puts his name on that list, he will not be able to stand in front of Ravi Shastri, that is what I believe but then we shall find out.”

Chopra concluded by saying that Shastri in all likelihood will continue as the head coach of Indian team. “I don’t think there is going to be any change. I feel Ravi Shastri will continue. Just because there is a process, applications will be invited, there will be some recce. I don’t see a change in the offing, to be very honest.”  

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