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Ponting said Dravid would be an ideal coach for team India 

Ponting said Dravid would be an ideal coach for team India

Mumbai Indians coach Ricky Ponting and former Australian cricketer has backed Rahul Dravid as one of the best candidates to coach team India.

“It’s not my decision to make and it depends on what BCCI are looking for. Do they want an Indian coach or an overseas one? I don’t think BCCI will find many better candidates than someone like him. If he’s interested in doing the job, he will do a good job,” said Ponting.

“He’s got a lot of knowledge, is very experienced and understands all three formats because he has worked in IPL. He will be a great candidate but it depends on what the BCCI thinks is the best fit for the Indian cricket team and also depends on what the captain wants. Whatever Virat (Kohli) wants around the Test team, I am sure the BCCI will listen to him.”

“I am very much a traditionalist as far as Test cricket is concerned and about changing the fabric of the Test match game. In certain countries game of Test cricket needs revitalisation. (But) I don’t want an Ashes Test to be played as a day-nighter just because of the traditional side to an Ashes series.

Rahul Dravid is currently the mentor of Delhi Daredevils team and shows faith in the youngsters. “I understand India are also interested in playing day/night Test. It will be interesting to see how that goes. Probably Test match cricket in India needs some kicking as well. I understand how many Test matches are coming their way in the next 12-18 months.”

India will play 13 home test matches against Bangladesh, New Zealand, England and Australia in 2016-17 season.

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