It’s a foregone conclusion that Dravid shall be one of many fall guys if India can’t not less than make it to the title conflict as a mere semi-final look would not be thought-about ok.
BCCI could seek for a coach once more and it will likely be fascinating to see if ‘The Wall’ shall be eager on a renewal of contract — partial or full — in case Board secretary Jay Shah provides a contemporary deal.
There’s a college of thought that Dravid, in case he’s eager, ought to proceed because the purple ball coach with South Africa (away) and England (house collection) collection scheduled very near the World Cup.
There isn’t a hurt in having separate coaches for restricted overs and Take a look at format transferring into the subsequent cycle publish World Cup, similar to England have Brendon McCullum (purple ball) and Matthew Mott (white ball).
Dravid has been given breaks from assignments to recuperate as dwelling out of a suitcase for somebody, who’s concerned in a tremendously high-pressure job, may very well be taxing.
Somebody like Ashish Nehra (profitable IPL coach) is an apt alternative however sources near the left-arm seamer of yesteryears have stated that he’s “not ” as of now along with his contract with Gujarat Titans operating until the tip of 2025 season.
“Suppose India wins the World Cup, Dravid himself may not need a renewal as he want to finish his stint on a excessive. However in the event you ask me, publish World Cup, the BCCI ought to significantly consider having separate coaches for separate codecs. They need to ask Rahul to proceed as purple ball coach,” a former BCCI office-bearer informed PTI on situations of anonymity.
At this level, whether or not it’s Dravid or the Board high brass, they want to deal with the massive occasion, which begins October 5.
Whereas Dravid arrived amidst a lot fanfare after Ravi Shastri’s departure however as a white ball coach, he hasn’t actually left an impression which might compel anybody to think about him as a shrewd tactician.
Quite, he has been perceived as somebody who’s a bit on the defensive relating to taking robust calls — each in T20Is and ODIs.
If within the T20I World Cup, he allowed the top-three that had previous its sell-by-date in shortest format to proceed, the choice to drop Ravichandran Ashwin through the World Take a look at Championship ultimate did not appear to be a really prudent name.
The dearth of a right-arm spinner (finger or wrist) within the present World Cup squad or the bullishness to incorporate KL Rahul, with out him proving his match-fitness are choices that may come again to hang-out him.
Regardless that loads will depend upon the staff’s World Cup efficiency, Dravid is not a terrific white ball coach and somebody with a extra hands-on method might assist the staff within the subsequent section when some legends shall be anticipated to stroll into the sundown.
Historical past is replete with incidents that if a staff loses a significant occasion, the coaches typically turn into scapegoats.
Dravid himself had seen that when Greg Chappell had no possibility however to ship his resignation after the 2007 debacle when he was the captain.
In 2023, the shoe is on the opposite foot and Dravid would not need his teaching legacy to be tarnished prefer it occurred along with his captaincy the place one match outcome trumps all the nice work accomplished.
He would need Rohit and his gamers to assist him take pleasure in that surreal feeling of being a World Champion, one thing that has eluded him.
He by no means actually had the proverbial ‘rub of inexperienced’ when it got here to holding the centre-stage through the seminal moments in Indian cricket.
Whether or not it was Lord’s 1996 when the opposite debutant Sourav Ganguly scored the hundred or at Taunton when Ganguly’s 183 overshadowed his century.
His 180 on the Eden Gardens through the historic 2001 Take a look at in opposition to Australia was sheer class. Identical to VVS Laxman‘s 281 was classier.
Beneath his captaincy, India efficiently chased a document 17 video games in ODIs between 2006 and 2007, solely to give you their worst World Cup efficiency since 1979.
Port of Spain did turn into his ‘Port of Ache’.
Dravid deserves a becoming redemption and it’s now as much as his gamers to present him one.