File photo of Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid in action.© Instagram
It has been more than a year since Rahul Dravid was appointed as the coach of the Indian cricket team. One of the most respected hitters of his playing time, Dravid was named head coach in November 2021, when his former teammate and captain, Sourav Ganguly, served as BCCI president. Expectations were high for Dravid when he took over. However, India could not advance from the semi-final stage of the 2022 T20 World Cup.
Now, former BCCI president Ganguly has commented on Dravid’s performance as a coach. “Except for the T20 World Cup, he’s doing well. The team is still in the semi-finals, one game away from the final. He’s going to do well. You have to give him time, he’s only a year old. That’s right. Too little time for the coach. He’s going to turn this team around. You can see Shubman Gill become a really good hitter and you’ll see some of the others develop. And Surya (Suryakumar Yadav), he is in the shorter format. So, you have to give Rahul some time. He will do well,” Ganguly told Sportsstar.
Ganguly also commented on how the game has evolved over the years. “Cricket has changed dramatically over the years. Not just cricket, every sport has changed. Cricket has become financially sound. Even quality has improved. I never knew quality and finance could go hand in hand. Great. Sunil Gavaskar will go with the West Indies greats without a helmet,” he said.
“Now India goes to countries like Australia, South Africa and England so many times a year. Look at the Australian team. They didn’t even play warm-up games before the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. It’s because they are familiar with Indian pitches. During my time there , I used to go to Australia once every 7-8 years.
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