India in England 2014

Dravid to mentor India in England

Amol Karhadkar

June 29, 2014

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Rahul Dravid and Duncan Fletcher at a training session, Mumbai, November 21, 2011
Duncan Fletcher approached the BCCI for Rahul Dravid's services © AFP

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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Posted by indianzen 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...

Posted by TimeKiller 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.

Posted by   on (July 2, 2014, 4:33 GMT)

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

Posted by ramli 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

Posted by   on (July 1, 2014, 7:18 GMT)

Welcome back Dravid. India Needs you always.

Posted by xavihernandage 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.

Posted by latecut_04 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!!!

Posted by 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.

Posted by vkumar_086 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..

Posted by   on (June 30, 2014, 14:08 GMT)

great choice and expect good things from this batting line up

Posted by Sagarneel on (June 30, 2014, 14:04 GMT)

Great move....wish they hired someone like Wasim AKram as a bowling mentor as well..infact, India needs a good bowling coach more than a batting mentor. Look at our bowlers, and you'll know!

Posted by xylo on (June 30, 2014, 13:55 GMT)

This is what happens to players who leave on their own with their heads held high, rather than those who become passengers and hang around for personal milestones and have series against weak teams set up to boost their numbers.

Posted by   on (June 30, 2014, 13:52 GMT)

what a great move by BCCI.....the man who won man of the series in last time's tour to England will help India to put a ful stop for away loses...ALL THE BEST DRAVID sir..salute to u #Dravid#

Posted by wapuser on (June 30, 2014, 13:23 GMT)

It is very impressive decision by indian cricket board to appoint rahul dravid as mentor of indian team. The ample experience of rahul dravid will certainly assist the indian young brigade to confront the england condition.

Posted by CricketChat on (June 30, 2014, 12:55 GMT)

Coach knows Eng conditions as good as any. Unless language is a problem, why would he need Dravid to talk to players. I feel he along with MSD should guide the players. Adding more people to the coaching mix will surely confuse young players already short on technique to cope the swinging balls in Eng conditions.

Posted by   on (June 30, 2014, 12:19 GMT)

This is really a wonderful for the youngsters out there in England to get a moral support from the legendary batsman Rahul Dravid, who have vast experience in Test crickets especially in England pitches. Most importantly, the RD mentor strategy will give good backup to our newbies in England. Unfortunately the failure for England team will make them rise up for the series which makes them little dangerous. So our guys should be disciplined in their motives and their actions.

I wish them all success for the series especially my wishes to Mr.Rahul Dravid for his first mentoring for our national team.

Posted by subnys on (June 30, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

Good move.. No doubt!! But the announcement should have happened before the IPL. So he could have been mentally prepared for it. Now with just one practice match to go, there is no time to show results. I hope he gets a long term contract i.e. at least 3 years or beyond to make an impact.

Posted by RickMiranda on (June 30, 2014, 11:00 GMT)

Too many advisers!! They are going to confuse the guys...

As a pure mentor...what is his role...who calls the shots...unless suitably empowered ... I do not see much that Rahul can do....who will the players listen to the coach or mentor or captain!!

Posted by Sameeratennakoon on (June 30, 2014, 10:17 GMT)

Good move by India. But the story is India can't win test in England even if they hire Don Bradman .. Got the worst bowling attack and a very negative captain in tests. India has to unearth some quality bowlers to win matches out of subcontinent.. Otherwise they have to play only on their own yard if they wish to win..

Posted by   on (June 30, 2014, 10:11 GMT)

Dravid will take in the India coach role only after MSD retires..

Posted by Naresh28 on (June 30, 2014, 10:05 GMT)

ANOTHER FEATHER IN DRAVID'S CAP. Well done and best wishes - its good that former players are taking on this role. Great work BCCI.

Posted by lalit625 on (June 30, 2014, 9:34 GMT)

Its Great To Have Great batsman as Mentor Hope India Will Do Well in england

Posted by Udendra on (June 30, 2014, 9:03 GMT)

So in other words they are accepting the fact that Fletcher doesn't know English conditions?

Posted by   on (June 30, 2014, 8:54 GMT)

Great that RSD is the mentor for the Indian team for the up coming series in England.Wish all the best Young team needs concentration & have to focus on the game.The young legs are eager to learn things very fast.I want RSD to continue even after the Eng series & be the mentor for the Indian team. All the best.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (June 30, 2014, 8:29 GMT)

Rahul is a very good idea. Better late than never though. Fans talking about getting Ganguly, Wasim., Warne McGrath etc. sounds like MI all over again. Too many cooks spoil the broth. India already has a bowling coach.

Posted by SwamyCricketAnanda on (June 30, 2014, 7:16 GMT)

I feel Dravid could have been appointed full time coach instead of Fletcher. The stigma with Indian coaches is not good for Indian cricket.

Posted by Mayank_Saxena1286 on (June 30, 2014, 6:44 GMT)

Wao, This is the very nice move taken by the BCCI, Dravid is the Perfect for Mentor Role, I think after 2015 World Cup Dravid would be the Coach of the Indian Cricket Team and i think BCCI should also appoint the Wasim Akram as the Bowling Mentor.

Posted by   on (June 30, 2014, 6:24 GMT)

thats good move making the mentor it will help most of the cricketers mostly pujara and rahane and even dhoni ..but the main problem is bowling man we need some one to look after atleast we may be warne who had been the best bowling in england soil or may the legendary McGrath,,if not this tour will be just a one sider till the end,,and more over dhoni should stop thinking in a defencive mode.i Hope dravid fill up all the blanks we had in the last tour...

Posted by   on (June 30, 2014, 5:48 GMT)

This was what seriously required!! Only the wall can be the perfect mentor

Posted by   on (June 30, 2014, 5:46 GMT)

Kudos to the Indian team management for being proactive and picking the best man for the job!

Posted by HonestTalk on (June 30, 2014, 5:45 GMT)

A very good move! India need ppl in the dressing room who bring certain amt of pofessionalism within the team and Dravid is a good choice. Also, we need Kumble as the bowling Coach and Ganguly in place of Feltcher.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (June 30, 2014, 5:43 GMT)

There are no stones left unturned as far as efforts are concerned from the Indian mgmt. They know they are up against it big time . But having Dravid in as batting coach won't matter in the end result. Well,he didn't while batting the best he ever did in ironically what turned out to be his last series ,the result of which turned out to be a 4-0 drubbing. So ,hoping for anything with him being in just as a coach is at the most being highly optimistic. Also considering pretty much same bowling attack as in that series led by Ishant will play this series also . Won't be bad idea to get in Zaheer K as bowling coach too. Well,we know how that turned out last time too! -:)

Posted by Kruns on (June 30, 2014, 5:33 GMT)

I think this is a great decision and RD would be one of the best person to do this role.

However i think India needs somebody to Mentor the young bowlers as well as getting 20 wkts of the opposition has been the biggest Indian Problem.

Getting too many mentors for International tour would not be good so Suggest Before going to such international tours Indian Team should work in India at places such as Dharamshala where the conditions are identical.

They should have seasons with mentor and senior cricketers for some days Like Rahul , Sir SRT , Anil Kumble , Zaheer (Ofcourse him playing would make more diff).

Posted by anver777 on (June 30, 2014, 5:16 GMT)

Appointment of Dravid is a great idea by IND board... his playing experiences in Eng conditions will certainly help IND team a lot in this long ENG tour..... wish after all these "Value Added Services" IND will perform better than 2011 !!!!

Posted by   on (June 30, 2014, 5:01 GMT)

Wow, this is a very nice decision by the BCCI and MSD. Now, we need a great bowling mentor as well :) bring in Wasim Akram and Kapil Dev as bowling coach :)

Posted by BhushCric on (June 30, 2014, 4:50 GMT)

Bring in Zaheer khan to mentor bowlers. But i still wonder Ishant would be able to learn from zak, unlike Anderson who thanked once for valuable inputs from Zak.

Posted by   on (June 30, 2014, 4:45 GMT)

congrts for DRAVID as batting consultant for indian team...... but bowlers need some strong concerntration from BCCI. Every time india travel to england a experienced bowler would lead the pack , but now it seems ISHANT SHARMA is kind of lead bowler. Cumon guys bring back PRASAD or SRINATH as bowling coachs as they succeded around the world .

Posted by   on (June 30, 2014, 4:42 GMT)

Bring in zaheer Khan as bowling coach

Posted by   on (June 30, 2014, 4:37 GMT)

It really is the nice move by the management of India. Such a cool head of his shoulder and he always done the trick in England when ever team India needed. I have never seen a gentleman who use the English condition that well...

Posted by landofcricket on (June 30, 2014, 3:47 GMT)

good news,but india need mentor for a indian fan we cant deny the fact that india's bowling is weaker than rest test playing nations...

Posted by LAKingsFan on (June 30, 2014, 3:18 GMT)

I respect Dravid for his batting. He's a god but I'm susceptible about his abilities to coach/mentor. He's very soft spoken. And, people may not take him seriously though they may respect them. It will be interesting to watch .

Posted by BDKu on (June 30, 2014, 2:54 GMT)

I am not an Indian fan, but Rahul is One of the Best Gentlemen in modern day cricket. A man who has proved himself in every aspect, more than any as great human being. Youngsters can learn a lot of cricket and how to be a competitive cricketer without a being spoilt brat. All the Best Sir.

Posted by   on (June 30, 2014, 2:33 GMT)

This is a good indication that Fletcher has realized India has no chance of winning so he is not thinking about Draw or a respectable defeat as the next option.Dravid is the best coach for the other 2 options

Posted by   on (June 30, 2014, 1:31 GMT)

Good move. Bring in Venkatesh Prasad as mentor for bowliers. Zaheer can also be asked to assist Prasad.

Posted by My-Dear-Watson on (June 30, 2014, 1:20 GMT)

Please do something about bowlers as well, please..please..please..

Posted by kanchanaraman on (June 30, 2014, 1:03 GMT)

All the best to Rahul, MS and the rest of the team. LEt us not underestimate the English. Will not be surprised if they regroup and come down hard on India.

Posted by Kirk-at-Lords on (June 30, 2014, 0:55 GMT)

Rahul Dravid is not given enough credit for his shrewdness. Perhaps this is because his essential honesty and decency outshine all his other qualities. His decision to pass on the Indian coaching position at this time shows considerable political nous. He cannot be seen to oppose or approve of the current goings-on at BCCI and ICC, so the perfect perch for him right now is as Team India mentor. Stick to the cricket, and let the political storm play out. When things become clearer, he will be in a better position to decide what course to take. Wisdom like this is essential in these troubled times of cricket governance.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 29, 2014, 23:27 GMT)

Once again I am reading way too many meaningless comments from my fellow Indian supporters talking about India's batting. My friends, India's batting is FANTASTIC and better than England's. It's the bowling we should be worrying about. Sure, Dravid will mentor the batsmen, but who will mentor our bowlers ? Especially when we have the majority of guys who have NEVER bowled in England before. I have always said it, bowling is what wins you games of cricket irrespective of the format. Unless India can pick 20 English wickets consistently, they will struggle to make an impression on this trip. Our batting can help us make the scores but that will always only result in a draw. Bowling is where the key is and India need a bowling mentor urgently. The BCCI should approach Wasim Akram for the job. Pay him some big bucks and get him on board. Sure the BCCI can do that.

Posted by sammysam on (June 29, 2014, 23:23 GMT)

who will mentor our club cricket bowlers?

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 22:30 GMT)

The reader here are more aware of Indian bowling situation than big dogs of BCCI. Seriously, what's stopping them taking extra steps towards bowling. Petty.

Posted by ra56 on (June 29, 2014, 22:10 GMT)

india,australia,southafrica,england four semifinalit for next year 2015 aus/newz world cup.

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (June 29, 2014, 22:03 GMT)

Why select a batsman to be mentor for Team India - our boys need a bowling mentor like Zaheer or even Kapil. The BCCI is yet again negligent in its core responsibility - to nurture a winning cricket team (and not be the top-3 for commercial clout). It is frustrating to be an India fan.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 21:19 GMT)

finally got sum relief.. I think dravid can only break the dhoni's lossing streak in outside india..!

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 20:31 GMT)

seems like india needs awhole nother team as support staff!!!!!

Posted by wapuser on (June 29, 2014, 20:27 GMT)

Good move. Best of luck India. Dravid will definitelly teach the youngsters.

Posted by sid2677 on (June 29, 2014, 20:21 GMT)

While having Dravid as a mentor is a good idea, why not have a bowling consultant? India's bowling is a major weakness; can't understand why the brains at BCCI can't hire a decent bowling coach!

Posted by TimeKiller on (June 29, 2014, 19:20 GMT)

Wow.. This is a surprise. Dhoni and Dravid never got along, neither did Kohli. In fact, Kohli managed to get Dravid out of RCB. It will be interesting to see how Dhoni and Kohli take this.

Posted by steve48 on (June 29, 2014, 18:45 GMT)

Notice a lot of people saying India need bowling advice, why can Dravid, along with Fletcher, not do this? Batsmen know plenty about bowling, especially the 'technicians'. You aren't going to modify bowlers at this stage, but you can advise on areas to bowl, pace, and give a critique of the opposition batsmen if you have the knowledge of the game these two have!

Posted by ramz30380 on (June 29, 2014, 18:27 GMT)

That is one tick in the box, the second will be to hire Wasim Akram for the clueless bowling attack! Wasim was the one who kept saying tht India must choose Shami right from his coaching days when Shami was with the KKR team. BCCI, if ur reading this do this with immediate effect, you will be able to tell the difference. Also give Wasim the full freedom to go around the country and identify some raw talents - I am sure he will be able to unearth quiet a few!

Posted by BhushCric on (June 29, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

also need someone like warne & mcgrath to assist bowlrs. im worried its impossible to take 20 wkts

Posted by steve48 on (June 29, 2014, 18:15 GMT)

Great choice, maybe India taking this series more seriously than 2011. For work ethic, team ethos and understanding of English conditions, nobody better, anywhere. Will never forget Dravid on that 2011 tour, fighting us on his own, batting wherever required, was epic in his inimitable, understated, classy way.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

Great choice as mentor. Mr Tendulkar would have been better of course....

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

The Wall is back, I hope he will groom a new Wall in the form of Pujara or Rahane.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

The Wall is back, I hope he will groom a new Wall in the form of Pujara or Rahane.

Posted by BoonBoom on (June 29, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

Let's keep politics aside and get Wasim Akram to get work on bowlers alongside Dravid. This will definitely help Indian bowlin!

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

great move by bcci will definitely boost young india

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

Fletcher was the coach of England for 8 long years and still needs a batting consultant ahead of the series in England. I wonder what his role is. RD as always is an asset to any team but how much will he be able to contribute is still a question since he is not going to be there for the whole series but only till the start of the first test match i.e. July 9. In between he also plays in the MCC bicentenary match which is on July 5.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

Take Any English Bower Who Had International Experience.This Can Help India Co-operate With Dukes Ball And U.K Pitches In Addition Wth Country's Conditions

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

Ha ha ha!!! Good one!!! Hope they don't ask him to bat in the test matches, like they made him play the ODIs last time :)

Posted by rahimshk on (June 29, 2014, 17:07 GMT)

@akpy we as indians should do our jobs by supporting our team in what ever way we know and shouldnt expect anything

Posted by vkumar_086 on (June 29, 2014, 17:07 GMT)

@Zalim Bruv ....thanx dear....i think this is the first wish for INDIA in this England tour from a neighbouring country fan...Dhoni is the favourite cricketer of many Pak fans...i read one article related to Dhoni i.e. he helped a Pak fan to arrange ticket to watch Ind-Pak WC match....god bless of luck for your upcoming tour against Australia

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

This is a good move, but who will help the clueless bowlers?

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

Indian team deserves Dravid's services, a welcome move as Dravid had always exhibited the real team spirit, always kept the team he plays for, before himself.......a lot of new players should learn the patience, dedication & spirit of the game from him.....

Posted by akpy on (June 29, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

If India wins, dravid will get all credit by his fans, more than the players. If India loses, they will get all the, win all for dravid but he will do a honest job

Posted by SURYA.K.R on (June 29, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

It is because the series is played in England,they chose Dravid as the mentor. In the same context will they chose Laxman to mentor for the Australian series?

Posted by venky_venkataraman on (June 29, 2014, 15:55 GMT)

With up coming tour of Australia in mind - I would recommend hiring McGrath and potentially Warne as bowling consultants. If India is serious about retaining the World Cup, I would recommend getting Gilchrist or Michael Hussey as additional batting consultants. We need to adjust to extra bounce and short pitched deliveries. All these players have done well in English conditions as well. BCCI has the money, are they willing to spend?

Posted by vkumar_086 on (June 29, 2014, 15:37 GMT)

@Srinivas is easy to say than playing in field....

Posted by vkumar_086 on (June 29, 2014, 15:17 GMT)

Wah...what a good move by BCCI...Dravid is my all time favourite cricketer (the unsung hero of INDIA, contributed to team whenever needs, did keeping, did batting in various positions---selfless cricketer)....Dravid was the main player who performed very well in England he will give justice to his will tremendously benefit the younger generation players such as pujara, Kohli, Rohit sharma, Dhawan....but i strongly feel one good bowling coach for us who train our bowlers in fast and bouncy pitches....batting is never a problem for INDIA unlike OTHER TEAMS whether in foreign pitch or in Indian pitches....but we are losing matches outside subcontinent due to weak bowling attack...BCCI has all the money to hire any number of world class quality coaches...should look into this matter very soon....

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (June 29, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

Dhawan played fluently, hitting plenty of fours. Vijay also stroked few fours before getting out. Gambhir was a bit cautious because he was playing for a place in the team but went on to score a good 50. Other batsmen all scored runs like a test batsmen should do valueing their wickets. On the other hand Leicester bats had nothing to lose, went for their shots in a batsmen friendly pitch.

You can't judge much from this match. If the same kind of pitches are dished out for the test matches even the English bowlers will leak plenty of runs. If they produce pitches which are good for their fast bowlers, then Indian bowlers will also perform better.

Posted by social_monster09 on (June 29, 2014, 15:09 GMT)

@Nevil Joseph Abraham on (June 29, 2014, 13:13 GMT):- You are right a realistic aim to win matches abroad is needed but only chances of India to win test match/matches is only in England not in Australia. Becoz England is a easy target for Indians right now. Not as much as easy but both teams are equivalent right now. I am sure that Indian batsmen will tackle English bowlers if they try to learn from their past mistakes but in Australia things are totally different. Conditions & pitches are different (fast & bouncy pitches) & for sure Aussies bowling quality is much higher than Poms. & in seaming conditions Australians are really unbeatable. So this is a best chance for Indian team to win in England. Good luck for Eng tour..

Posted by ra56 on (June 29, 2014, 15:09 GMT)

Rahul dravid is also signed by star sports to do commentary for indian listener apart from bbc and sky.

Posted by Frankie_f on (June 29, 2014, 15:03 GMT)

India should immediately hire Allan Donald or Wasim Akram as pace bowling coach for this tour as there are some exciting bowlers in this team whoneed a bit of guidance, specially in the absence of Zaheer. The effect of Donald and Akram was apparent in the IPL, seeing the way Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav flourished. Similarly India could also hire Venkatesh Prasad as the coach for spinners , but ensure that he is kept miles away from the pacers.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 14:44 GMT)

Indian team also needs a bowling coach at this point; especially in the pace department...

Posted by ThePacifist10 on (June 29, 2014, 14:40 GMT)

@Nevil Joseph Abraham

I'm inclined to agree with you there. But I really hope that we get our fielding right and the bowling combination right as well. I would put my money on Jadeja, Pankaj, Shami and Aaron, with Pujara and Rohit providing part-time options. Ishant is a little too volatile, despite his obvious potential which saw a rare translation into performance in New Zealand.

Maybe our bowlers just need to get used to the Duke ball, then all will be well. It is a long tour so there is plenty of time. If only we had someone like Zaheer as a bowling mentor. I am at least glad that Rahul will be an advisor.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

India should win this England not playing good enough come on Dhoni saab from pakistani fan

Posted by niskris on (June 29, 2014, 14:30 GMT)

I don't think batting would be a big problem. A major problem is our bowling. Against a second string Leicestershire team (without their key players), our bowlers were leaking 6 runs an over and failed to get them out. I am dreading what would happen against Cook, Bell, Ballance etc

Posted by My-Dear-Watson on (June 29, 2014, 14:29 GMT)

We need bowling consultant dear folks, Wasim , Zak anyone interested ? Even the Lankan bowlers like Prasad etc should be welcomed. Just look that the thrashing that Indian bowlers got in the 1st warm up ..pathetic

Posted by cheguramana on (June 29, 2014, 14:27 GMT)

Is batting the problem for India or bowling ? in the last 2 overseas tours that they lost - South Africa and New Zealand, we simply dint have the bowling firepower to take 20 wickets in a test. Looks like the batting section has found the next generation - Kohli, Pujara, Dhawan, Sharma etc. Do they really need further mentoring ? What we need is a top class Bowling Coach - try to get Wasim Akram or Waqar Younis as mentors. Or maybe Srinath or Zaheer Khan? I think thats more important !!

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 14:26 GMT)

As a cricketer I agree with the Indian team to have Rahul Dravid as a mentor. Nothing like having a well experienced and succesful cricketer as a mentor.I also agree that present Indian team does not have experienced left arm bowler and experienced leg spinner. Look at Australia they always took legspinner with them to England tour, left arm spinner can exploit foot marks of right hand bowlers other end.England play very well with right arm offspinner but not with right arm legspinner.

Posted by henchart on (June 29, 2014, 14:15 GMT)

Dravid being made mentor to team India on tour of England is certainly good news for Dravid but how good was it for team India would be know once the Test series is over.As they say ,one can only take the horse to the water ,one cant make it drink.Bowling remains a big big headache for India.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 14:15 GMT)

Dravid will be working with the Indian team for a short period of time ahead of the Test series ( starts on July 9th).

Dravid will not be in a full-time role as yet as he has also signed up for commentary stints with host broadcaster Sky Sports as well as BBC's Test Match Special.

Posted by ibbani on (June 29, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

@ Rajesh CK, I loved your comment. unfortunately we don't have the luck to see RD playing in whites again. how sad should an RD fan be?

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 13:53 GMT)

This time there will be chance little bit for us to perform will in this test series because we have more good and young batsmen. More than that our main player kholi who was playing very well i think he can help india from this situation

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

I still dont know why everyone are against india. India somehow despite poor form perform well in icc tournaments. India performed well in SA N NEW tests but somehow lacked the finishing touch. Dhoni knows about it. Its our bowlers who disappointed in SA N new ,and our batsmen performed well. The onus should be on bowlers and not batsman. India should make zaheer as bowling consultant. His experience will be really helpful. Zaheer instead of being arrogant trying for a comeback,he should help youngsters ,as he is no more fir to play test cricket. He is the best bowler for india.

Posted by CricLover316 on (June 29, 2014, 13:19 GMT)

Many people suggesting bowling is the worry. Guys you should blame the selectors and the politics for that. Binny,Ashwin and The legend Ishant are selected in the team while India's best bowler Umesh Yadav, India's trump card spin option Mishra will be sitting in their homes watching the test match. Imagine a leggie to a pom or a Umesh Yadav bowling at 145 kph swinging the ball. Bottom line is that, unless India keeps charity box open for Ishant,Binny Ashwin they will keep losing. May Ashwin can play in place of Rohit,atleast he"ll bat better than him. India have been carrying Ishant for 7 years.He has been bowling short of a length for 7 years.Thats correct. Worst ave in history for a bowler. Cant support a captain who never drops him. The fact is India has better bowlers,of only they were given even half of the chances that the non performers are given. When non performers are chosen by selectors repeatedly and they refuse to learn from their mistakes,no bowing coach can do anything.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 13:13 GMT)

India will take it if they can win 4 out of 9 test matches they play against England and Australia..a realistic aim

Posted by CricLover316 on (June 29, 2014, 13:06 GMT)

Positive move from the BCCI. Suggest Ganguly and Dravid should have been the consultants for Indian Team. I always felt Ganguly should have been appointed as the coach for this team and Dravid as a mentor. Ganguly always had that fire that Dhoni lacks as a captain,specially in tests. Duncan Fletcher has hardly contributed anything in his tenure when it comes to Test Cricket. I never understood despite having so many great players that can mentors for this team,India appointed Fletcher as their coach.

Appointing a Coach is quite overrated,you need mentors/consultants in specialized departments. Its much better when they are former players of the team itself for the pivotal reason that they have the experience of playing in those conditions and know their game quite well. I really feel Ganguly should be appointed as the Permanent Consultant for India. India were always tough to beat no matter which format or what conditions under his captaincy. Anyway, a very positive move this.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 12:59 GMT)

is it possible that mentor can bat if team needs?

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 12:47 GMT)

@srinivas pachari-You should be coach of Indian team as they don't know what to do against swinging deliveries bcz they still schoolkids, right? They are international players, They know very well what to do..Don't try to be preachy.. They don't need your advise on how to play a swinging ball..

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 12:44 GMT)

@omairhr... looks like you are prettt much clueless about test cricket. please go and check out stats of india's last tour of england. then u may understand what this is all about.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 12:32 GMT)

Good move.. but what about the bowlers... Who will coach them.. Zak was the senior member and was supposed to be the bowling mentor .. now he is out and Ishanth is now entrusted his duty.. Not sure how an individual who needs help , help others..

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 12:31 GMT)

dravid sir had good hardworker .......................intelligent will also failed some times but hardworker never fail in any flatform .............................WE ARE CRAZY FANS OF DRAVID SIR......INDIA IS THE TOP TEAM IN CRICKET(TESTS,ODI'S & T20I'S )...

Posted by ramz30380 on (June 29, 2014, 12:28 GMT)

This is absolutely fantastic! Why didnt they think abt this before this team even departed for the English shores?! Anyways, better late than never! BCCI has all the money in the world, it can afford to spend for some absolute quality like this.

Dravid is one of the most respected men in world cricket - to have him as a mentor will be rewarding esp for the likes of Pujara, Dhawan, Vijay, Rohit, Rahane. And, me thinks tht he shud not stop mentoring with the batting alone, let him mentor MSD - tell him wht he must do on the field to make things happen in test cricket!

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 12:27 GMT)

The bowling is a major worry as well. I would have thought they would have learnt from the NZ experience.

Posted by omairhr on (June 29, 2014, 12:21 GMT)

Looks like the aim is to draw tests rather than win them.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (June 29, 2014, 12:07 GMT)

I was under the impression it was India's bowling that was the major worry for a test series here in U.K. - not their batting. Why so many mentors/coaches/psychologists etc. for a great batting side, when it's ensuring 20 wickets per game that should be the top priority/concern?

Posted by Samychennai on (June 29, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

Everybody saying that our batting is too good and need bowling coach. Are you guys serious that our batting is too strong in overseas condition? Just shown witness at Bangladesh when given turning pouncy wicket that how wickets were fallen consecutively. Of course the pitch won't be like that at England but if it is? We need an bowling coach that who is skillful rather than carrying the name legend. The skillful coach should teach the wicket taking delivery such like perfect yorker, body line pounce, inswing outswing deliveries in particular length. Look at Ishant Sharma, how many years he is been playing but still he can't bowl perfect line and length. None of the Indian bowlers could bowl perfect yorker when needed for team because they aren't confident and not taken enough practice for that. Any Indian coach could teach this yorker skill because I haven't seen any Indian bowler bowled like Malinga or Akhtar.

Posted by Sir_Ivor on (June 29, 2014, 11:47 GMT)

This is what I had been praying for in the last month or so. i had believed however that the great man will not accept such an offer. That is why I am very happy at this development. Not just the batting aspect,I think someone like Rahul would be able to provide inputs to the bowlers as well on what lengths to bowl on these wickets because he knows first hand what length makes it difficult for batting. Having played so well every time he was in England and for Kent and Scotland,I think this is the best thing that the BCCI have done in a long time. The most important thing that Dravid can do with these superstars is to instill in them the need to be restrained. With that quality itself one can be at one's best without the need for the aggression we see these days. My best wishes to him and the Indian side. They are good bunch of talented kids as we hope to see.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 11:41 GMT)

This is a fantastic move from BCCI.Taking into account of India's Struggling form in overseas,roping rahul would boosts teams confidence.It would help the youngsters to perform better in tough conditions.It would have been better if they have roped some bowling coaches too,but nevertheless this could give India an added advantage.I hope Indians will come out blazing this time as the nightmare in 2011 wouldnt give any way as there are no baggages.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 11:29 GMT)

so we have a coach more capable than anyone in the team :) nice

Posted by switchmitch on (June 29, 2014, 11:19 GMT)

Wish Cricket had the concept of non playing Captain. This guy tactically is the best Indian Captain in the last 30 years. Also not afraid of taking bold decisions (Remember the declaration before Tendulkar's 200?). Can Dravid be made the non playing Captain? Please?

Posted by aziztcs on (June 29, 2014, 10:57 GMT)

Great move by BCCI. Hope to see Ganguly as coach, Dravid as batting coach and Zaheer as bowling coach of Indian team in future.

Posted by social_monster09 on (June 29, 2014, 10:29 GMT)

Cont... In the IPL this year Dravid was the mentor of RR. Under his mentorship RR played really very well. This is a different question that they were failed to qualify in top 4. But Dravid's skill & Watson's ability (as every Australian have) never say die attitude make this duo RR a lethal side with more talented players as Faulkner, Smith, Rahane & Samson. But in my view India desperately needs Kumble's service as spin bowling couch or as mentor to guide bowler like Ashwin. I don't care that Indians like it or not but Ashwin is really a below average bowler in Overseas conditions. He is in team just becoz of Dhoni. Beside that Ojha is far better bowler than him. Jadeja is now a good bowler but both Indian spinners are far away from Ajmal & Herath. That's all from me...

Posted by Shuraim on (June 29, 2014, 10:23 GMT)

With all due respects I don't think hiring coaches and mentors on such a short notice is never too smart a move. Though I believe with record Dravid got in England he is the right choice but he should have been appointed at least a month before the series. Now it is more than likely that players will end up in a muddled mind just as was the case with Australia when Lehmann was appointed in a hurry.

Posted by Herath-UK on (June 29, 2014, 10:10 GMT)

A good move to follow Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka have shown the way by taking a bold decision by appointing a home coach which I'm sure India will follow in near future.

Posted by sray23 on (June 29, 2014, 10:10 GMT)

Lets not get carried away guys. Dravid would be useful, but it's still the players' responsibility to fully learn from him and do the hard work to practice what he advises - and it's still Dhoni & Fletcher's responsibility to make sure the players are doing the hard work. And lets also not forget the fact the bowling is our No. 1 problem. I cannot see India winning tests consistently with such a substandard bowling attack.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 10:03 GMT)

@Social, dude don't criticize just because you have to. Dhawan had a 100 and a 98 in NZ. Yes Rohit has not played well in SA and NZ but he is new to test cricket and somewhere I fell this series will define him. Dhawan, Kohli, Rohit and Dhoni, all of their role should be to attack. While Gambhir, Puji and Rahane can play the Dravid sort of inning and hold one end and score at say 45-50 SR. Second thing, stop saying stupid things about our bowling. They are a good hungry bunch of young fast bowlers who will be eager to perform on the big stage. They know they have 5 for's for the taking. It is supposedly 'the great' Mr Dhoni who is the real issue here. His toss selections, player selections and his,at best, poor captaincy. Test cricket is simple, whether at 50/4 or at 500/1, always attack. You win test games only when you take 20 wickets. Dhoni never looks like he wants to do that. England and Cook are dead, now just bury them. If Dhoni can't, he must go!

Posted by Coolcapricorn on (June 29, 2014, 9:54 GMT)

Great move - cant we have have him as our permanent national batting coach & perhaps either Kapil Dev or Wasim Akram as our bowling coach?

Posted by kvarunk on (June 29, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

I see people criticizing indian bowlers. Bowling in English conditions is not easy. you have to get used to the pitch and the conditions as the ball tend to swing and seam more in cloudy conditions. Give them some time. They will improve their performance. But Bowling mentor is more important than a batting mentor at this moment.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

I think this was a great move by BCCI because we need mentor like Dravid for a long time. Dravid is really going to bolster the India squad and help out the old man Duncan with the players. Dravid has been a great mentor for RR in the IPL but mentoring India will determine his true capability. Dravid in nonetheless a great player but also a great Coach/Mentor. Dravid was very successful in England because of his temperament and his ability to handle immense pressure at horrible times like SriLanka in their second test match against England recently they were well in control of the match but suddenly they lost 4 quick wickets before Tea but they were also lucky Amgelo Mathews and Rangna Herath held their nerves and got SriLanka into a more than good enough total. Dravid will have to teach this young India squad all of his tricks not only for the tour but also for their carrear.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 9:23 GMT)

this is the great contribution to Indian team.

Posted by social_monster09 on (June 29, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

All in all a great decision by BCCI. I appreciate their move to make Dravid the mentor for this tour. His own batting skills help the Indian batsmen esp Dhawan & Rohit who always trying to hit hard the ball & to play tests like One dayers. The technique to play aggressive in tests is applicable only in India or SC but in Aus/Eng/SA patience is the main factor to stay long on the crease & then start to propel the Inng into long one, that's why batsmen like Dhawan, Rohit, Dhoni all are flop at overseas & Batsmen like Pujara is hit. I am doubtful on this batting line up but let's see what will happen on 9th of july.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 9:03 GMT)

It is an excellent move.Dravid is not only knowledgable but also easily approachable by all. More over, he has performed well in English conditions. His job will be in two fold: advising batsmen as well as preparing the bowlers. As Ishant is the only bowler who has been part of the 2011 tour, if he can convince him either to have a decent hair cut or wearing an head band (like Lillee), it will greatly enhance the Indian performance. I have often noticed, the ball passes him, before he brushes his hair. Bowlers should maintain strict off stump line. Let the pitch do the talking. Batmen - no fishing around off stump. As conditions can rapidly change in English conditions, always capitalise session by session by brisk scoring.No complacency whatsoever should creep in to their minds. They can go through the second day of the second test SL- ENG, where England lost the momentum not scoring runs from a sound position. Dhoni should concentrate on every batsmen rather than only Cook and Bell

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 9:00 GMT)

Truely thoughtful and smart from the Indian point of view to include Dravid as their mentor.India is already working and getting better on their batting issues as we saw in SA.Kohli and Pujara make a very good middle order as well.The issue is bowling.If India was somewhat succesful in bowling in keeping down SA in their homeground,then it was because of ZAK,Umesh Yadav and Ishant who got the important break throughs for spinners to capitalise.But now that two out of these three aren't in this tour India is going to have a very hard time with the ball and I have a strong feeling that this is the tour which would bring back Cook back in form as he is a left hander and there is no ZAK who is very good at exploiting the weakness of left handers.Varun Aaron is a very poor choice replacing Umesh.There is virtually no comparison.Umesh had become a much much better bowler working under Wasim.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 8:44 GMT)

My friend Pranav...Unfortunately these r the best bowlers we have. ... and no experience of Zak...yes with the pace that Yadav, Aaron n Pandey have they shud bb exploring the pacy n swinging conditions in England. .. but the fact is that pay the world cup in 2011 we have never performed well while travelling with the exception of WI series. .. and the prime radon is that our bowlers have failed to deliver in conducive conditions in Eng, Aus, SA n NZ... We need a good bowling coach like Donald, McGrath or Akram who have proven credentials

Posted by barryrichardsfan on (June 29, 2014, 8:23 GMT)

Always good to have someone like Dravid in the camp. Batting is not much of an issue as we saw in SA and NZ. Bowling needs to be on money. An Akram/ Mcgrath would have been nice as bowling consultant.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 8:13 GMT)

That will make our batters confident. His experience and record in England will help this team learn a lot in the England. even SRT must spend a day or more with team as he is in UK for the MCC vs ROW match. Bowling looks a worry, but i think our batsman would cover their weakness this time.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 8:06 GMT)

its all just the mind games..leices..batsman were attacking indian bowlers and scoring at the rate of more than 6 in an over..but its also true that there were some drop cathces too..indian bowling line up is.not weak but the advantage was always for the batsman on that kind of wicket..remember india too did not loose too many wickets.and same goes for leices....its all just the mind games with indian bowlers to increase the criticism on them or make feel them miserable..but I know against england ,england do not want to drew test matches at any cost. so he will prepares some bowling friendly wickets..becoz to win the test match..england's bowlers also need to take 20 wickets pf strong indiam batting line up..and the best captain,the captain cool MSD knows this type of psychological games too well..he will definately back up their bowlers..and make them feel strong on their strength..and great too have dravid in this tour..he will also back up players like dhoni..

Posted by brokeneffingarm on (June 29, 2014, 8:01 GMT)

At least one of a dozen boxes has been ticked. Now to somehow get Wasim Akram/Waqar Younis/Zaheer Khan into the system. I reckon the likes of Bhuvi & Umesh can do wonders under the guidance of one of theese three.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 7:54 GMT)

Thank God. My long time dream cherished. I always wanted Indians to be at the helm of the coaching affairs. Who better than the cool and composed Rahul Dravid. Next i want him to take care of main couch after Duncan Fletcher's contract. Then one more proper bowling couch!! INDIA will be Incredible India...

Posted by naren1983 on (June 29, 2014, 7:54 GMT)

One of the best move by BCCI management to hire Dravid as a consultant for England tour. He will certainly be helpful for our guys and this proves he can replace Duncan after 2015 WC if he guides our men to help this series win. We were very good form in 2011 with Fab fours, but we lost 0-4. This time, there is no expectations at all, but we can except some surprises from Indian youngsters. India should take some advice from Srilankans, who won the Test Series recently against England.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 7:48 GMT)

Hopefully a batsman of the class of Dravid can teach the Indian bowlers how to get batsmen out.

Posted by Infinitum on (June 29, 2014, 7:43 GMT)

This is good but the main issue is India's awful bowling. The batsmen can score 400 by applying themselves but the team will still lose if they leak 600 runs in 120 odd overs. And then its match saving time and that results in batsmen playing for time instead of playing their natural game which always results in failures.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 7:32 GMT)

Very simple, leave anything outside off and do not prove to be a hero against short stuff (leave them too). Let them make u play. Play late to counter the swing (under ur eye). Remember, u are never in (settled). So concentrate hard and strive to play a long innings. Watch how Kaushal Silva played for SL.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 7:24 GMT)

Why is India not concerned about the bowling!!! We have seen how Leicestershire batsmen have enjoyed their stint against Indian bowlers...which is a county level team.What will happen to Indian bowlers against England's best playing XIs. I don't think that Indian bowlers realize that they have to take 20 wickets which is certainly not be possible with this kind of bowling lineup...In England where swing and pace both should be the key factors, why can't Indian team have some good quality fast bowlers . The bowling looks fragile and weak even on England pitches which are considered good for fast bowling. India has used 10 bowlers in the first match and none of them have proved worthy of being in the playing XI's......

Posted by Sukruti on (June 29, 2014, 7:12 GMT)

Thank God. My long time dream cherished. I always wanted Indians to be at the helm of the coaching affairs. Who better than the cool and composed Rahul Dravid. Second on the list is Saurav Ganguly, you need aggression too to pep up your instincts. Cool Dravid and Hot Ganguly can make a perfect combination. Apart from that Mohammed Kaif can be hired as a fielding coach, genuine swing bowlers like Roger Binny, Madan Lal as bowling coaches and Kumble as spining coach. This makes a complete package of technical support staff for Team India. You always need people who can understand your culture and then penentrate into you to bring out your best. Outsiders, I am afraid, with exceptions to John Wright and to some extent Gary Kirsten, cannot do that. Classic example is Greg Chappel.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 7:08 GMT)

Okay. Fine. So indian batsman are sorted. Now what about the bowlers?? Why dont they show the same concern for the bowlers by getting as many successful english bowlers or something as consultants! Bowlers always were the forgotten children of Indian cricket. I dont see the point of strengthening a strength-batting.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 7:02 GMT)

at last the BCCI makes one good decision that will help team India instead of going just behind the riches of IPL and CLT20 ... Dravid should look at a long term as a consultant at least if not the head coach.... kumble and ganguly should also be roped in ... same goes for srinath as well.... actually India doesn't need a foreign coach to do well... they just need some credible legends to inspire them

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 6:55 GMT)

Very good decision. Good for the young batsmen.

India needs a decent bowling consultant too, preferably an Indian who can communicate well with all these youngsters in the Indian pace-pack, currently running in like headless chickens.

If the pitches do not offer any help, most probably both Ashwin & Jadeja will be ineffective ... with or without a spinning consultant.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 6:47 GMT)

One of the best move by Indian Team Management. Dravid can be a strong force in making this team to perform as a unit. He proved his mentoring skills at RR in IPL. Fans can count on Dravid.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 6:42 GMT)

Great News Rahul joining as consultant .Expecting Good results .

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 6:41 GMT)

yes absssloutely because rhaul dravid is a good player

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 6:40 GMT)

The best news i have heard all day long. He should be hired as the batting coach for as long as he desires.

Posted by SagirParkar on (June 29, 2014, 6:40 GMT)

more than the batting, it is the bowling i am worried about.. honest to God, i have no faith in India's bowling.. even the warm up game showed up the deficiencies.. and this was against a 2nd Div side !!! for all of Ishant's experience, it's as if he is playing in his first game all the time.. he is that inconsistent.

Appointing Dravid is a good move.. the team needs someone who has done well in England, knows the nuances of playing there, and also someone who is quite knowledgeable about the game. I'd have got Prasad on board too as a bowling consultant.. he has generally done well in England than most other Indian 'pacemen'..

anyway, here's hoping India does a better job this year than 2011....

Posted by godshand on (June 29, 2014, 6:37 GMT)

This should control the rashness of the likes of Kohli. A swing bowling consultant like KD, Prabhakar would have been a great add-on.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 6:36 GMT)

Great to have RAHUL in the INDIAN dressing room.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 6:31 GMT)

Finally one sensible decision made by the lords of indian cricket....Legends like Sachin, Dravid, Sourav and VVS....should all be made part of the indian cricket establishment.....this will only benefit the young indian batsmen.

Posted by Worldcricketlover on (June 29, 2014, 6:30 GMT)

Great News for Indian cricket . Now batting worries will end . Please appoint Mathew Hogard or Simon jone as Bowling coach. It will certainly yield result. I believe Indian seamers will improve. In South Africa and NZ , the seamers struggled in ODI . But came strongly in Test Matches. They need few more spells to adjust . But delighted to see Pankaj Singh . This man should have played long back . But nevertheless India should play Sturt Binny instead of Rohit Sharma with Pankaj, Shami and Panday . The spinner should be Ashwin. So in case Binny fails Ashwin can hold in Batting.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 6:29 GMT)

Nice to see... The Great Indian Wall, Sir Dravid helping the Indian Team. His experience will help the Young Indian Team in Foreign conditions.. #thankyou Sir Dravid.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 6:29 GMT)

Wish we would be there throughout the series so that he may guide the inexperienced Indian side during any time of crisis when the team maybe 2-0 down or 1-0 down. With the kind of experience he has in the game and adding to that , 6 magnificent tons in England, his tips would surely be needed throughout the series. Although, this move by the BCCI is one brilliant one. Hope Virat n Pujara n Dhawan and the lazy guy Rohit(he who needs Dravid's consulting the most) takes out the most from this.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 6:24 GMT)

It's best news for Indian Cricket!

Posted by Worldcricketlover on (June 29, 2014, 6:21 GMT)

Great News for Indian cricket . Now batting worries will end . Please appoint Mathew Hogard or Simon jone as Bowling coach. It will certainly yield result. I believe Indian seamers will improve. In South Africa and NZ , the seamers struggled in ODI . But came strongly in Test Matches. They need few more spells to adjust . But delighted to see Pankaj Singh . This man should have played long back . But nevertheless India should play Sturt Binny instead of Rohit Sharma with Pankaj, Shami and Panday . The spinner should be Ashwin. So in case Binny fails Ashwin can hold in Batting.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 6:20 GMT)

This is a fantastic move! Having a tactician like him is invaluable to this young team. Not to mention his tips will be of great help to guys like Pujara, Virat and Rahane among others. This is a seriously good move, something they should have done long time back. Better late than never though. Kudos to the team management!

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 6:19 GMT)

Good step. But should not expect all the results in one tough series. Also Dravid can only advise from the side lines. It's th batsman who would have to go out and perform finally. That is still a gig question mark

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 6:16 GMT)

Great move. Team management deserves credit for this move.

Posted by VinothSam on (June 29, 2014, 6:16 GMT)

India need a bowling consultant. They have enough batsmen in the squad. Call Srinath or may be Kapil Dev. May be find a local head coach just like Sri Lanka appointed Marvan. Well, Dravid will do it.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 6:15 GMT)

Good ... However, the team seems to be needing more advice in the bowling department.

Posted by vish2020 on (June 29, 2014, 6:14 GMT)

Can we please remove fletcher before world cup??? Dhoni and fletcher are bad combo. keep dhoni of course but duncan is a thorn between now and success at WC. Dravid needs to be the coach!

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 6:14 GMT)

Its India's bowling and not the batting that is struggling. Just bcoz he is available doesn't mean we need him.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 6:14 GMT)

Thats sincerely a good decision from BCCI. Cheers. Hope his role as consultant shows in the teams performance. He role should be in more capacity then the consultant.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 6:13 GMT)

This is the gratest news for Indian cricket in recent past.. Hope things will take a turn for good.. Go Dravid..

Posted by subcontinent-expert on (June 29, 2014, 6:13 GMT)

Good move to have Rahul as mentor for our young guns... Better late than never...!!

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (June 29, 2014, 6:12 GMT)

Good news. Dravid was so successful in England. He knows how to play in English conditions. Which ball to play, which balls to leave, what type of shots to avoid, he was expert at it. Dunkan appreciates Dravid's talent. Dravid's first step to become the coach of India. Good luck.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 6:12 GMT)

xcellent move...!! no better person to guide the young ones..

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 6:10 GMT)

Glad to see this.I reckon, it's a good opportunity for this inexperienced (in English Test conditions) Indian batting line-up to grab some valuable input from a legend like RD.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 6:10 GMT)

nice to see dravid again

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 6:07 GMT)

Great move by india and it will be nice if we have zaheer as bowling consultant. His knowledge will really help our bowlers . If zaheer isnt available ,atleast javagal srinath will be helpfull for us.

Posted by Dharmesh_S on (June 29, 2014, 6:07 GMT)

great news for indian team & fans..:) Hope he will become a coach soon!!

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 6:07 GMT)

ganguly wanted to be coach of team india...BCCI should give chance to him...we all know he makes huge improvement in suresh raina's batting

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 6:07 GMT)

great move by India. Dravid last tour to England was fantastic. His experience will be a booster for young Indian side. Hope India will do better this time.

Posted by ak928 on (June 29, 2014, 6:06 GMT)

This will be gr8 for the indian team................having a player like dravid as their consultant.......true legend

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 6:05 GMT)

This is indeed a great decision. All the best RD for the new role.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 6:02 GMT)

very good move ... hoipefully he can motivate and guide lot of young players... go INDIA!!!!!!!!

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on (June 29, 2014, 6:01 GMT)

Good move, not only a great player but he's widely respected, intelligent and articulate so will good for the Indian lads to have around. Fletcher again showing why he's at the top level of coaching. Indian are preparing for the series by playing matches while Moores has his team playing video games because they are worn out after 2 tests. Genius.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 6:00 GMT)

Now bring in Tendulkar! Think about it! The two consulting Indian batting!

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 5:58 GMT)

First step to have an indian coach after world cup 2015.

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