India is set to tour Sri Lanka for 3 ODIs and as many T20Is in July. With most of the top Indian players in England, India will send a second-string team to Sri Lanka. Also, Indian head coach Ravi Shastri will be with the Indian team in England thus BCCI wanted to send a temporary coach with the Indian team to Sri Lanka.
Former Indian veteran Rahul Dravid, who has worked with most of the youngsters during his stint as the India A coach, is likely to accompany the team to Sri Lanka.
“The Team India coaching staff will be in the UK and it is best that the young team is guided by Dravid as he has already worked with almost all of India ‘A’ boys. The comfort the youngsters share with him will be an added advantage,” the BCCI official said.
The Indian team for the Sri Lanka tour is expected to be announced later this month. The three ODIs will be played on July 13, 16, 19 and the T20Is are expected to be played from July 22-27.
Rahul Dravid is credited for preparing the young Indian cricketers for International cricket. Ever since the news of Dravid being the probable candidate for India’s head coach on the Sri Lanka tour came, Rahul Dravid started trending on Twitter with many fans asking the BCCI to make him the permanent coach.
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Many fans also took a dig at Ravi Shastri, saying that he will be worried about his position since Dravid will get a chance to lead India.
— Graphic Savvy (@GraphicsavvyK) May 20, 2021
Rahul Dravid is head coach for Sri Lanka tour
Meanwhile Ravi shastri: pic.twitter.com/vBAgx1ZL1X
— Tanishq Ganu (@smart__leaks) May 20, 2021
Ravi Shastri’s term expires with T20 World Cup. With India in England through till September 6, Shastri unavailable for Sri Lanka tour. This is the stepping stone for Dravid to take over as chief coach from Shastri…if he wants it https://t.co/9SjzgNBlft
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 20, 2021
#RahulDravid is now coach of indian team
le shastri pic.twitter.com/NsBukSGDLM
— parth RR FANS (@parth91674522) May 20, 2021