Rahul Dravid had agreed to become India’s batting consultant: Sourav Ganguly
Ganguly also didn't mince any words in saying that Shastri has got to take responsibility for improving the team.
Updated - Sep 5, 2018 3:34 pm
India recently slumped to yet another Test series defeat on English soil when they lost the previous match at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton by 60 runs to concede the series 1-3. The last match will be played at Kennington Oval in London from September 7. Following India’s poor performance, head coach Ravi Shastri’s contributions have well and truly come under the scanner.
In the meantime, Sourav Ganguly, the former Indian captain, sounded bewildered on the reasons why Rahul Dravid didn’t take the offer of the national team’s batting consultant. When Shastri was appointed, the Cricket Advisory Committee comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Ganguly, appointed Dravid as the batting coach for overseas tours and Zaheer Khan as the bowling coach.
Shastri has to fulfill that responsibility
However, both of them didn’t find a place. Instead, Bharat Arun and Sanjay Bangar were named as the bowling and batting coach respectively. Ganguly also didn’t mince any words in saying that Shastri has got to take responsibility for improving the team.
“Rahul Dravid had been asked to become a batting consultant and he had even agreed. But then he spoke to Ravi and I don’t know what happened after that. The Committee of Administrators also had added to the confusion with the coach selection and we were tired and just got out of it.
So it’s difficult for me to say why Rahul Dravid did not become the batting consultant. But if Ravi Shastri was given the responsibility, after consulting Virat Kohli, then he has to fulfill that responsibility and improve the team,” Ganguly was quoted as saying in India TV.
The ongoing year hasn’t been fruitful for Virat Kohli and Co, especially in white-clothing cricket. Earlier this year, they lost the three-match Test series against South Africa. Albeit they won the third match at Wanderers in Johannesburg, it didn’t make any difference as far as the result of the series was concerned.