No slam Dunc: Rahul Dravid backs Duncan Fletcher as India coach

Mar 15 2014, 16:32 IST
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SummaryRahul Dravid has made it clear that he isn’t interested in becoming India coach as of now.

Former India captain Rahul Dravid has made it clear that he isn’t interested in becoming India coach as of now while also insisting that calls for the ouster of Duncan Fletcher were premature.The 41-year-old though didn’t rule out the possibility of the coveted job attracting his attention in the years to come.

In the wake of India’s back-to-back failures away from home in South Africa and New Zealand, not to mention the early exit in the Asia Cup, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar had proposed the sacking of Fletcher with the incumbent coach being replaced by Dravid. But having hung up his boots just two years ago, Dravid felt that he wasn’t ready to take on the assignment.

“I am happy and honoured that he (Gavaskar) thinks I am capable of doing the job. But the job requires a lot of time, almost 11 months a year. I have just retired and at the moment because of time constraints, I have to decline (the suggestion),” he said.

Gavaskar had touted Dravid to be the best man for the job in India citing that he was enormously respected by the present Indian players. Come next month, the prolific former No.3 will be an integral part of the coaching staff at Rajasthan Royals, the franchise that he spent the last three years of his IPL career with. And despite expressing enthusiasm in terms of helping the next generation, Dravid said that the taking over the mantle with the national team wasn’t in his plans for the near future.

“But who knows some day, sometime in the future after few years. I am involved with Rajasthan Royals for a couple of months this time with a slightly different role. And time permitting I would love to work with the Under-19s or India A on shorter tours,” he added.

During his lengthy and successful career, Dravid played under a variety of national coaches, both Indian and foreign, including the likes of John Wright, Greg Chappell and Gary Kirsten. It was under Fletcher, however, that he ended his career. And despite the Zimbabwean’s inability to resurrect India’s fortunes abroad, Dravid felt that the BCCI was unlikely to change the coach before2015.

“You got to give the coaching staff and support staff four years to try and change things. With two big tours of Australia and England coming up and the World Cup after that it is unlikely that India will change

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