As Indian Cricket embarks on its short series in Sri Lanka Former led by coach Rahul Dravid, India batsman VVS Laxman feels the legendary Rahul Dravid, as the head coach of a young Indian side in Sri Lanka, will have the opportunity to find and nurture ‘future champions’ of Indian cricket.
Dravid was named coach of the Shikhar Dhawan-led India limited-overs sides for the Sri Lanka tour as regular captain Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri are in England preparing for the five-match Test series against the hosts. This is the first time two different Indian teams will play in two different parts of the world at almost the same time.
“I think it is an opportunity for him to create the future champions for Indian cricket,” Laxman said in Star Sports’ show ‘Game Plan’.
Laxman said there will be no added pressure on Dravid as his contribution to Indian cricket first as a player and then as coach of the junior teams – India A and India U19 – has been phenomenal.
“I don’t think there is any pressure. This is an opportunity for Rahul Dravid to prove himself as a coach. We all know his contribution towards Indian cricket, both as a player and as someone, who has been instrumental in creating the (Team India’s) bench strength – both as India A coach and as the Director of the National Cricket Academy,” Laxman said.