Despite Ravi Shastri’s stellar record, former India all-rounder Reetinder Sodhi believes Rahul Dravid will succeed him as head coach. Dravid’s contract expires after the conclusion of the T20 World Cup later this year.
Dravid, who is regarded as one of the best batsmen of all time, has had a fantastic career as a coach. The former Indian captain fostered several talented players who went on to create a name for themselves at the highest level during his time with India Under-19 and India A. Many people believe that Dravid should have been the national team’s head coach in the first place, rather than Shastri.
India overcame Australia twice in Australia under Shastri’s leadership, reaching the 2019 World Cup semi-final and WTC Final, but losing both knockout games against New Zealand despite starting as favorites.
On the other hand, Dravid’s appointment as the interim coach may be a sign of things to come. Reetinder Singh Sodhi, a former Indian cricketer, believes so. Shastri’s current contract with the BCCI will expire after the ICC T20 World Cup, which will be held later this year. Sodhi concluded that after the gala tournament, Dravid is unquestionably in line to succeed Shastri.
Reetinder Sodhi on Rahul Dravid
“First of all, we have to acknowledge that Ravi Shastri has done a great job as a coach. And yes, his contract is coming to an end. But let’s think about it… a temporary arrangement and that too Rahul Dravid?” Sodhi said.
“I think it’s virtually impossible. If he is going to Sri Lanka as the head coach, somewhere it’s a clear indication that he is in line. If there’s anyone that can replace Ravi Shastri as a coach, that person is Rahul Dravid,” he added.
Reetinder Sodhi, who played 18 ODIs for India, feels there must be another reason for Dravid, who is currently the NCA’s head, to take the coaching job for the Sri Lanka tour. The great batsman previously led India’s under-19 team to a World title in 2018 and has worked with India A to create a formidable second-string side.
“I’m sure he must have been asked about it. Had he wanted to remain director of cricket or NCA head, he could have easily said no. He is a family man; he could have stayed in Bengaluru. But he has taken the responsibility. He is going and wants the team to do well. I feel that if there is a replacement, Dravid is very much in line. Such a legendary player can never be a temporary option,” Sodhi concluded.