Former BCCI chief selector MSK Prasad wants to see Rahul Dravid as the India coach after Ravi Shastri’s tenure comes to an end in November. Prasad said that Dravid as coach and Dhoni as a mentor will be a boon for team India. He said most of the youngsters who are coming into the team have been trained by Rahul Dravid and his presence in the dressing room will create a comfortable environment.
“Rahul as a coach, MS as mentor is going to be a boon for Indian cricket. Both are cool and calm customers and one person is very studious and hard-working,” Prasad said on Sports Tak.
“More importantly, the number of players that are evolving right now have been groomed by Rahul, who was India A coach also. So it is some wonderful planning that is happening. I will be very disappointed if Rahul is not going to be the coach and MS is not a mentor post this management era,” Prasad added.
Rahul Dravid donned the coach’s hat for the India tour of Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, MS Dhoni has been roped in by the BCCI as a mentor for the T20 World Cup. Prasad said the duo of Dravid and Dhoni will add value to team India.
“In my heart, I had this feeling. I was challenged recently by my colleagues that definitely post Ravi bhai’s era, MS has to come into the role of a mentor and Rahul Dravid as a coach,” said MSK Prasad.
“These were the discussions I had with my fellow commentators while I was doing commentary during the IPL. I had a feeling that Rahul, being the studious person that he is, will add value to Team India post-Ravi bhai’s era,” said Prasad.
Ravi Shastri and his allies, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach S Sridhar’s contract comes to an end after the T20 World Cup and as per the reports, both BCCI and the coaching staff are not looking for an extension. Reports of Anil Kumble taking over as India coach is also doing rounds. India is set to tour South Africa after the New Zealand series in December and that should be the first assignment for the new coach.