Former India captain Rahul Dravid is all set to take the charge of the National Cricket Academy at Bengaluru, the Board of Cricket for Control for Cricket in India’s centre of excellence for the next generation of cricketers.
Mr Dependable Dravid, just like his performance with the willow during his playing days, has delivered exceptionally well as the coach of the Indian junior cricket teams. Under Dravid’s mentorship, the Indian Under-19 team has won the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup and the ACC U-19 Asia Cup in 2018. The tournament saw a number of young talented cricketers emerge. Dravid also coached the India A side and helped a number of cricketers deal with selection issues while keeping them motivated for the challenges ahead.
Even as the stage is set to have Dravid in the lead role at the NCA, his designation so far is not clear, national daily Times of India has reported.
“Rahul has been handling junior cricket for a while now and the results have been phenomenal. It’s only natural that he had to get involved with affairs at the NCA (in the present position). Now, he’s determined to bring about a complete turnaround at the academy. With the kind of vision he has, it’s already a given now that this is his role until he decides to stay,” TOI has quoted a source as saying.
“For all practical purposes, NCA will now be Rahul’s baby,” the source added further. Dravid will be largely responsible for developing the youth at the academy and he already has a vision for the rejuvenation of the academy, where budding cricketers get all the necessary facilities and infrastructure to prepare themselves for bigger challenges.
Dravid has remained associated with junior cricket in India after a flourishing international career worth more than 25,000 runs. He has also donned wicketkeeper’s gloves for India. BCCI’s latest move gives a confidence the future of India cricket will be in safe hands.