Rahul Dravid has vehemently denied all the rumors regarding his aspirations to coach the national cricket side. The ‘Wall’ cleared the air at the convocation of the International Institute of Sports Management where he was invited as a guest, along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
“No, absolutely not. I am only looking at India A and Under-19 appointment. I am not thinking about that,” Dravid explained his future plans to the reporters.
The former captain of the national side was very happy with the way Ravi Shastri and the support staff were leading the side. “Ravi and his team are doing a fantastic job with India. I have no aspirations to go up to that level at the moment,” he emphasized.
“It’s an important stage for any player – being part of India A, U-19 squads. I am very happy I have been given that job. There will be 2-3 series and I will share my experiences as player with them,” he added.
“Definitely. Having spent a couple of years as role of mentor after having spent many years as a player, I have been able to see things from the management and coaching side. The more you do it, the better you become. I am looking forward to it,” said Dravid, who took up the mentor’s role with the Rajasthan Royals’ side.
“I don’t think you need to teach India A players to play or bat. They are there because they are successful. It’s all about helping them reach the next level.
“At the under 23 level basic coaching is not necessary. At that level you are looking at someone who can be a guiding factor, someone who can help you by creating a good environment and share some of his experiences,” he reasoned the approach he was going to apply with the junior side.