India in England 2014 June 29, 2014

Dravid to mentor India in England


Former India captain Rahul Dravid has been appointed in a mentoring role to the team in the run-up to their five-Test series in England. Dravid will have a few sessions with the players before the series begins on July 9. He is expected to join the team latest by Monday.

The move was initiated by the team management, according to BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel. "It was the coach (Duncan Fletcher) who approached us on behalf of the team and said it would be good to have Rahul with his vast experience spend some time with the boys ahead of the series," Patel told ESPNcricinfo. "We immediately requested Rahul and he readily agreed."

This will be the first time Dravid, who has been mentoring IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals after retiring from international cricket in 2012, will be associated in such a capacity with the national team.

In March this year, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar had said that Dravid should take over as India coach, but the latter had declined the suggestion citing lack of time.

"Rahul Dravid is one man who is enormously respected and was a successful captain, having won series in West Indies and England," Gavaskar had said. "When he speaks, the Indian players, some of whom are superstars, listen to him as they know how much preparation went into his game."

"I am happy that he (Gavaskar) said I am capable of doing the job," Dravid had said. "But the job requires a lot of time, almost 11 months a year. I have just retired and at the moment because of time constraints, I have to decline."

Dravid was India's best batsman on their previous tour of England in 2011, his three centuries the only bright spot in a 0-4 rout. In all, six of Dravid's 36 Test hundreds came in England, where he made 1376 runs in 13 Tests at an average of 68.80. He also had a successful stint with county side Kent in 2000, scoring 1221 runs in 16 matches at 55.50 with two centuries.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ashok on July 3, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    We need a person like Wasim Akram to coach the bowlers, If dravid and Akram are coaches, I don't see any issue in India winning against any team in any conditions...

  • sid on July 2, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    Does anyone remember all the furor when Stuart Binny was included in this England tour? People accused Roger Binny of nepotism, even though he excused himself when the name of Stuart Binny came up for discussion. Look at Stuart Binny's performance today and in the Bangladesh ODI. Winning triple crown (3 domestic tournaments) in the same year counts for something. There should have been more Karnataka player's in this tour. Karnataka Ranji team is better than this India test side at the moment.

  • Android on July 2, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    I only wish dravids presence in the dressing room prevents a whitewash which is bt inevitable

  • RAJARAMAN on July 1, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    Well ... Dravid can only say what to do ... will the young guns do what he says? We will know in a few weeks' time ... but, the move is a positive one

  • Dummy4 on July 1, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    Welcome back Dravid. India Needs you always.

  • abhirup on July 1, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    @Jake Mathur- Ganguly himself needs coaching to improve his batting. A player who is not at all technically good cannot be coach of India. Rahul is a true legend and a world class performer so he will be the best person to give some valuable advice to these pool of talented young Indian players.

  • Rajkumar on July 1, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    "We immediately requested Rahul and he readily agreed." Ofcourse he would.!!!! when hasn't he done anything for the team. he has done everything possible except opening the bowling for India. Thanks a lot Rahul and all the best for you on your new role. Hope the boys try to emulate your enviable record of 3 centuries last time!!!

  • IndTheBest on June 30, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Dravid's appointment is a welcome change. What about appointing V. Prasad as bowling coach/mentor? We need bowling coach/mentor badly.

  • VIJAY on June 30, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    @ electric_loco_WAP4..have patience mate..building a GOOD TEAM in overnight is not possible in any sport including football (Brazil took 6 years to rebuild its team after retirement of the stalwarts like Ronaldo, Kafu etc ),it involves finding talented younger generation players, imparting proper training to them,adjust to tough conditions like pitch, climate & other situations..gain experience, learn new things from senior players, maintain fitness, form and so on...these all things may take 5-10 years. Fortunately INDIA found new talented young generation players unlike OTHER TEAMS...Indian selectors sidelined senior players and giving chances to young talents to prove themselves...we have to give time to them....moreover Rahane, Kohli, Pujara, Dhawan, Ishant have done well in last foreign tours (im not remembering any young batsmen other than INDIA have done well in their first foreign tour)....simply criticizing them for everything is injustice and illogical..

  • Dummy4 on June 30, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    great choice and expect good things from this batting line up