Rahul Dravid turned down the opportunity to coach the senior team, saying that he had “unfinished tasks” with the U-19 team. He eventually led the side to U-19 World Cup win next year
Vinod Rai said Rahul Dravid refused to accept the offer as he wanted to continue coaching the India U-19 team and also be able to give sufficient time to his young family.
Former chief of the Committee of Administrators Vinod Rai has revealed that they had approached Rahul Dravid to offer him the head coach’s position for Team India but the former captain turned it down.
After Anil Kumble’s tenure as coach of the Indian team came to a tumultuous ending in 2017, following his fallout with captain Virat Kohli, Rai revealed the CoA wished for Dravid to take up the post, but the former batsman, who was already serving as coach of the India A and Under-19 teams, decided otherwise.
“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.”
The veteran also revealed that Dravid felt he would not be able to fully commit to the Indian team, which was another reason he didn’t consider the offer. The Board of Control for Cricket in India later appointed the 47-year-old as the head of National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru last year.
Rai said: “Rahul was very upfront with us, 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.’
Dravid was last year appointed the National Cricket Academy chief and Rai revealed the former India batsman was more than happy to accept the role. “Dravid is a head coach at NCA. He was very kind and very gracious in accepting that and committing himself to the NCA,” he said.