Sourav Ganguly, the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, has revealed that it was not easy to convince Rahul Dravid to take up the role of Team India’s head coach after the end of Ravi Shastri’s tenure. Ganguly gave up at one stage as the former player did not agree to coach the team.
The former player revealed that Dravid was not interested due to his young family as the job is demanding, and one has to be away from the family for 8-9 months.
“We had Rahul in mind for a long period, both me and Jay [Shah, BCCI secretary], but he wasn’t agreeing because of the time away from home [and] because doing a national team’s job is [about being] on the road for about 8-9 months in a year and he has two young children,” Ganguly revealed when he spoke to Boria Majumdar on the show “Backstage With Boria’.
“At the point, we decided to give up. He was appointed the director of the NCA (National Cricket Academy ) Bengaluru) to manage the academy and move in the right direction. We had conducted all the interviews and everything, his interview and application were approved, and the NCA appointed him. Even after he had been appointed, we kept insistence,” he added.
He agreed when Dravid was told that even players wanted him to coach them.
“And when we talked to players, and also about the kind of person they would like to be, you could tell that there was an inclination towards Rahul, which is why we expressed the same to Rahul. I spoke to him several times and said, “I understand it’s tough but try it for two years. And If you’re not satisfied with it, difficult, then we’ll find another approach.
“Luckily, he agreed, and I don’t know what triggered the change in his mind, but he agreed, and I think this is the best BCCI could have done in terms of coaching once Ravi [Shastri] left.