With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on the lookout for a new Team India head coach, legendary batsman Ricky Ponting feels Rahul Dravid is the best option for the coveted job.
Current coach Anil Kumble has done a brilliant job so far. Kumble was appointed as the head coach in June last year and began his term with a 2-0 Test series victory in West Indies.
In the following mammoth home season, the Virat Kohli-led side won 10 Tests, registering series victories over New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia, respectively. India also won the limited-overs series against New Zealand and England.
But despite Kumble’s stellar performance so far, the BCCI, in an attempt to ensure a fair and completely transparent process, has invited applicants for the chief coach’s post, as Kumble’s contract will expire at the end of the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.
And Ponting has said that he cannot see beyond Dravid to take up this job. Dravid has done a brilliant job as India A coach and Ponting feels the legendary Indian batsman has a lot to offer and the new crop of Indian cricketers will get to learn a lot from his vast wealth of experience.
“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.
Kumble was the first full-time Indian coach appointed by India since Kapil Dev was roped in in 2000. In between, the Team India was coached by John Wright, Greg Chappell Gary Kirsten and Duncan Fletcher.
“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,” added the former Australia skipper.
The new coach, meanwhile, will be selected in a similar process that saw Kumble leaving behind other competitors to land the coaching job last year. After the applicants apply for the post, they will be reviewed by the board’s three-member panel, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.
The trio will conduct interviews and seek presentations before selecting the next coach.