It will happen whenever he feels ready

Former India drummer WV Raman is confident that Rahul Dravid will become the full time head coach of the Indian team. England’s current head coach Ravi Shastri will see his tenure end at the end of the T20 World Cup later this year.

Rahul Dravid is currently with the second string Sri Lanka as head coach.

WV Raman, former India women’s head coach, said the legendary drummer will take on the role for sure as he has been in the role of coach – for Under-19s India A and the head of the NCA – in recent years.

Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli. Image-Twitter

“I don’t want to talk about the schedule, but this (Dravid takes over as full-time head coach) is likely to happen, maybe in the future. I cannot indulge in crystal ball glazing and say when it will happen, but it will happen whenever Dravid is ready.

“In fact, there has been a lot of talk over the past four or five years. This will happen when he feels ready to travel, ”WV Raman told Hindustan Times.

Rahul Dravid can make young people aware of the talent they have: WV Raman

Raman also pointed out that Rahul Dravid would be a key member of the next phase of Indian cricket’s transition as he has already worked with many young people and knows them well. He had coached the Under-19 team at a World Cup; his work with the A team produced excellent results when an Indian side full of substitutes beat Australia away in a series of tests.

Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Dravid
Prithvi Shaw and Rahul Dravid [Image-Getty]

“He can make them aware of the talent they have. And he can also help them use that talent to achieve the optimum. He worked with most of these kids anyway for a period of three to four years.

“But if he’s there with them regularly for a period of, say, two years, it will be easier to make changes because he and the two players will stick together and establish a plan or a routine on how to proceed. So it really depends on how long a coach works with the players, ”Raman added.

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