|India’s former captain Rahul Dravid, who retired from International cricket not too long ago, has indicated that he is open to the idea of coaching the Indian team in the future, a move that would definitely benefit everyone..
Although he refrained from committing to anything right now, he was quoted saying “Who knows someday in the future. Lot of things that I have not decided on. I don't have the level 1, 2, 3 certificates that people want sometimes.”
One of the reasons for this can be the role he played captaining the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL this past season. “It was part of my role with Rajasthan Royals this year. It was little more than leadership, I was involved in the tactical and coaching side of it... Enjoyed doing that,” he said.
Dravid, popularly known across the world as “The Wall”, also revealed an emotional side, saying that in his awe-inspiring 16 years in International Cricket, he has lost his cool a couple of times and said that in the privacy of the dressing room, he had flung bats around, damaging his equipment as he was frustrated with his performances or because of simple mistakes which cost him his wicket.
“Once or twice in the course of 20 years, I think you can allow me that at least,” the gentleman said.
The Wall also spoke about his winning knocks for India, pinpointing his double century in the 2003 Adelaide Test against Australia as one of his best innings.
“In terms of control and just the way I have played through the innings, I think it was one of the best constructed innings. Also considering that Australia had scored over 550 runs. But frankly speaking, it was a good batting wicket,” he said, adding that the six he hit to get to his century in that match “just happened” and it wasn’t intended.
Speaking about what attracted him most to the game, he was quoted saying “What drew me towards team sport were the camaraderie and friendship.
“The chance to celebrate victory and success with a group of other people is something I have enjoyed doing. There have been some big celebrations... Adelaide was one of them.”
As far his association with VVS Laxman is concerned, Dravid said, “It was fantastic and a privilege to bat with him all these years and share some lovely, wonderful partnerships. VVS was a good laidback South Indian boy.
“I had the opportunity to bat with Sachin (Tendulkar), (Virender) Sehwag, Sourav (Ganguly), (Gautam) Gambhir, Laxman and (Mohammad) Azharuddin... guys who are legends of Indian cricket.”
Asked about his ability to bat at any position any don any role, Dravid said, “That's the beauty of team sport as I had said earlier. I was in the hockey team in school, played football. One of the challenges for me was to make the team feel better. It helped me evolve, so batting at different positions was never a problem.”
Dravid though, still plays for lower division cricket.