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Rahul Dravid plays with straight bat, says no to Indian Coach position

Fri, Jun 24, 2016, 03:07 PM
Mr Dependable on the cricket field was no more Mr Dependable off the field. Rahul Dravid was Mr Dependable on the filed where he was described as `the Wall'. Whatever you may bowl, he would block it. He always played with a straight bat. However hard he may hit, the ball would go to the fielder placed in the right position. That's how straight he was.

After retirement, he was coaching this or that team. But the match-fixing scandal hit his Rajasthan Royals team when he was its skipper. This may have shaken his faith in cricket.

So when the Board for Control of Cricket in India thought that a simple nod by Dravid would be sufficient for his becoming the Indian coach, he put up his straight face.

The BCCI proposed to Dravid that he accept the position of Indian coach. Dravid said no, citing family reasons.

The BCCI Chariman, Anurag Thakur, revealed this in Dharmshala while announcing Anil Kumble as the Indian coach. He said the listing of 57 candidates, then shortlisting it to 21 and then narrowing it further down to two and finally appointing Anil Kumble would not have been there at all, had Dravid simply nodded his head to the positon. Also, a three-member committtee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly and VVS Laxman was appointed to do the interviews.

Dravid is said to have told the Board that his family cannot afford to be away for him for long. So he excused himself. But he told the Board that he did not mind to be junior coach.

Thus, Thakur bemoaned, that Dravid washed his hands off a whopping remuneration and other facilities by depriving himself of the position.

Like already said, Dravid always plays with a straight bat, and there are too many cross-batting guys in the Indian team, what with T20, also called satta cricket, being there to stay.
Agency: Ap7am Desk

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