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Aakash Chopra opines on Rahul Dravid’s competition in the race to India’s coach

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Rahul Dravid’s stint as Team India’s head coach during the tour of Sri Lanka has brought smile on everyone’s face. India has been able to seal the series with two straight wins and is confidence to grab the third win and clean sweep Sri Lanka in the ODI series. Dravid has played a major role in transforming young lads into potential players, who have further represented India at international level.

With Ravi Shastri’s term as the head coach of the Indian team comes to an end with 2021 ICC T20 World Cup, fans have started speculating on Rahul Dravid’s prospects of becoming the next head coach.

On 13 July 2017, Shastri was appointed as the head coach of Indian cricket team. On 16 August 2019, he was re-appointed as the head coach and will remain in charge until¬†the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup. Shastri has been one of the most successful Indian coaches till now and with no strong contender in the race, he is likely to stay in the position for another term. However, a lot will depend on India’s performance in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Former India batsman and current commentator Aakash Chopra spoke on the possibilities of Dravid taking over as head coach from Shastri. Chopra believes that Dravid is not going to put his name on the list.

“I don’t think Rahul Dravid is going to put his name on the list. There can be just one competition if Rahul says he wants to be India’s coach. If he wants, then it will be a strong fight.”

“But if Dravid doesn’t put his name, whoever puts his name on that list, he will not be able to stand in front of Ravi Shastri, that is what I believe but then we shall find out.”

“I don’t think there is going to be any change. I feel Ravi Shastri will continue. Just because there is a process, applications will be invited, there will be some recce. I don’t see a change in the offing, to be very honest.”

“There is another T20 World Cup within a year of this T20 World Cup and there is a 50-50 World Cup a year after that. You have reached the World Test Championship final and the team is doing alright, then why change.”

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