Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar believes Rahul Dravid‘s primary job will be to maintain a healthy atmosphere within the Indian team when he takes charge as head coach for the white-ball tour of Sri Lanka, next month.
Tendulkar also suggested that the role of a coach in international cricket is limited. Dravid was the coach of the India A and the Under-19 sides for four years, before being appointed as the National Cricket Academy (NCA) chief in 2019.
The former Indian skipper will mentor the Shikhar Dhawan-led side during their limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka next month. Since Dravid has already spent a considerable amount of time with the players, Sachin Tendulkar feels that his job will become much easier.
“These players have spent enough time with Rahul, so they know him. A coach is someone who should keep a healthy atmosphere in the team and the dressing room, and Rahul will do that. At this level, unless there are weaknesses, you don’t need to coach the players.
“They all know how to hit a cover drive or bowl an outswinger. When somebody is struggling, that’s when someone of his experience will play a role. Otherwise, the team knows what they are supposed to do,” Tendulkar told the Times of India.
The Indian selectors couldn’t pick a full-strength team as the senior members are in the UK for the World Test Championship (WTC) final, followed by a five-match Test series against England, starting August 4.
Speaking about Team India’s second-string squad, Tendulkar believes the team has a good mix of youth and experience. He added that Rahul Dravid’s presence will further help the Men in Blue.
“Shikhar Dhawan (skipper for the ODI, T20 series) has been around for 10 years. That’s a long enough period. The team is a nice mixture of experience and youth, and Rahul is around to help them without any doubt,” he concluded.