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Dravid rejected coaching India for his sons


Former India captain Rahul Dravid had the opportunity to coach the India national cricket team. But he did not take that opportunity.

Dravid rejected coaching India to give time to his sons

He did not take the lucrative job because of his two sons. Giving time to two boys seemed more important to him than coaching India.

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This has been stated by Vinod Rai, Chairman of the Committee of Administrators in charge of the BCCI at the time, in an interview with an Indian media. “Rahul was very upfront with us,” Rai told SportsKeeda. He said,

‘look I have two boys growing up at home and I have been travelling with the Indian team all over the world and I am not able to give time and attention to them, I think I must stay at home also. And give time to my family.’ I think that was a very fair request and though he would have been uppermost in mind. So, he was very much in the zone of consideration.”

Dravid coached India’s Under-19 and ‘A’ teams in 2015 for two years. This was another reason why he did not coach the Indian national team. He wanted to work with emerging players. At that time, there was talk of appointing Dravid and Zaheer Khan as advisors to the Indian team. But later BCCI did not come to any agreement with them. After Zaheer retired from the Indian Premier League (IPL) and turned his attention to television commentary, Dravid also continued to work with the youth cricketers.

At that time Ravi Shastri had to face enough competition to become a coach. Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody of Australia were in the running to become coaches. Dravid is now the director of the National Cricket Academy of India in Bangalore.

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