Dilip Vengsarkar, former Indian skipper and batsman came up with a suggestion for BCCI president and former India skipper Sourav Ganguly to send batting legend Rahul Dravid who is currently the head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), to Australia immediately.
India’s disastrous show with the bat in the second innings of first day/night pink-ball Test at Adelaide, which saw them registering their lowest total of 36 in Test innings, has prompted Dilip Vengsarkar to gave his opinion.
Dilip Vengsarkar: BCCI Must Rush Rahul Dravid To Help Team As His Presence Will Boost Indian Team
Back in 2003, batsman Rahul Dravid was the unsung hero of India’s memorable four-wicket Test win at Adelaide, as he hit 233 & unbeaten 72. In four Tests of that series, ‘The Wall’ aggregated 619 runs at a staggering average of 123.8, with as many as three fifties and a hundred under his belt. Overall, in 16 Tests in Australia, Rahul Dravid has scored 1166 runs, averaging 41.64.
“The BCCI must rush Dravid to Australia to help the team. No one can guide the batsmen better on how to play the moving ball in those conditions. His presence will be a huge boost to the Indian team in the nets. In any case, the NCA has been shut due to Covid for the past nine months, leaving him with little to do,” Dilip Vengsarkar told TOI on Saturday.
Over the years, there has increasingly been a feeling in the BCCI camp that Rahul Dravid needs to be involved with the national team during both home and away tours and even more so at a time when there is practically no work pressure at the NCA due to aftermath of Covid-19.
“The Board can make a better use of Dravid by utilizing his services to help the national team, which will be without skipper Virat Kohli from now (last three Tests).”
“Even if he has to serve a mandatory two-week quarantine period, he should be available for helping the Indian team at the nets before the third Test in Sydney, which will begin from January 7,” Vengsarkar said.
Recently, the BCCI was forced to sack several coaches at the NCA during the pandemic due to lack of work. Dilip Vengsarkar said even if Rahul Dravid serves the mandatory 2-week quarantine, he will be available for last 2 Tests.
Dilip Vengsarkar: It’s Time That Rahul Dravid Is Involved With Indian Team More
The likes of Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha and Hardik Pandya have been at the NCA for rehabilitation, but Rahul Dravid’s physical presence has hardly mattered in their successful recovery.
“It is time that Dravid is asked to be involved with the Indian team more,” asserted Vengsarkar, who was a former national chief selector.
In 2017, as the head of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), Sourav Ganguly wanted Rahul Dravid to become the batting consultant for the Indian team while Ravi Shastri was made the head coach. However, Ravi Shastri’s choice of his own support staff was preferred.
Recently, the chief of Committee of Administrators (CoA) Vinod Rai had revealed that his committee had approached Rahul Dravid for the role of head coach, but the 47-year-old turned down the role.
Dilip Vengsarkar felt that India’s batsmen after their failure in 1st Test would do much better in the rest of the series, which will now be played with the red ball.
“I agree that the Aussies bowled a nagging line and length, but in Test match cricket, that is expected. The Indian batsmen, on their part, didn’t apply themselves and showed poor footwork and shot-selection. I guess India will breathe more freely with the red ball.”
With the first Test win, Australia who are 1-0 up in 4 Test match series, have now won all of their 8 pink ball Tests. Ishant Sharma wasn’t considered for selection despite successfully undergoing rehabilitation at NCA while Rohit Sharma has flown to Australia after being declared fit and will play last 2 Tests. Pacer Mohammed Shami suffered an injury and was ruled out from last 3 Tests.