Rahul Dravid replaced Ravi Shastri after the latter decided against seeking a contract extension for the post of Team India’s head coach. In an interview with Boria Majumdar, Sourav Ganguly spoke about Dravid’s appointment and VVS Laxman’s interest in the job..
“He was keen on the national team job, but that couldn’t worked out. But somewhere down the line, he will have that opportunity to coach the national team,” Ganguly was quoted by Hindustan Times.
It was not easy to bring Dravid on board as he has a young family. “We had Rahul in mind for a long period of time, both me and Jay, 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,” he said.
After Dravid’s yes, the board urged Laxman to succeed Rahul at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru and he happily agreed.