India Cricket Update: With Ravi Shastri's term as India's cricket coach likely to end following the conclusion of the T20 World Cup, all eyes are on the team's next head coach. While several names have surfaced, including Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman, there has been no official announcement as to who is the top runner or even the overall competitors for the position of coach.
Former BCCI top selector MSK Prasad, on the other hand, knows exactly who he wants as the new head coach. Prasad, a former India wicketkeeper who played six Tests and 17 One-Day Internationals, believes Rahul Dravid should succeed Shastri, with MS Dhoni as the mentor. Dravid coached India's limited-overs team during their tour of Sri Lanka in late July, while Dhoni was recently named India's 2021 T20 World Cup mentor.
"I would definitely feel that going forward it should be Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni. Rahul more as a coach and MS as a mentor. Dhoni and Rahul in the Indian team will be a fantastic thing to watch out for post-Ravi Shastri's era," Prasad said, as mentioned in recent cricket news reports.
As the coach of India's Under-19 and A teams, Dravid has a proven track record. In 2018, he guided India to victory in the U-19 World Cup and numerous more successful trips with the A squad. When the Test squad was in England and a limited-overs side was chosen to play three live ODIs and three T20Is in Sri Lanka, the BCCI's decision to appoint Dravid as its coach threw the country into raptures.
Many speculated that this may be a stepping stone for Dravid to follow Shastri as India's next coach, but the former captain remarked at the end of the series that while he liked the experience, he is unsure about the route ahead. Dravid was named director of the National Cricket Academy in 2019 and has done an excellent job thus far, and if rumours are to be believed, Dravid is set to keep his position.
As far as Dhoni is concerned, he is proving in IPL 2021 that his captaincy acumen is still as strong as ever and the belief is that his inputs to captain Virat Kohli would prove beneficial in India winning their first-ever ICC trophy since 2013.
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