Dravid non-committal on India coaching role


Rahul Dravid has given a non-committal response to suggestions he could be named as coach of India, saying any decision on the matter would "need to be weighed with a lot of consideration".

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are seeking a head coach after Ravi Shastri's contract as team director expired, with legendary batsman Dravid - who last year took charge of India's Under-19 and A teams - strongly linked with the new role.

However, it remains unclear whether the 43-year-old would be willing to commit to coaching India's senior side on a full-time basis.

Dravid told PTI:  "Any decision that I make at this stage of my life would depend on whether I have the bandwidth to do all of these things.

"It takes time. You can never really say that now you are ready and now you are not. That's an experience, a learning. You have to do it only to know.

"Anything that comes back to you needs to be weighed with a lot of consideration, not only in terms of whether you feel you want to do it but also the time that is involved in doing lot of these things - what does it entail and what does it require, can you devote time and energy, anything that you would want to do, you want to ensure you are completely 100 per cent focused on it.

"It's not important whether results come or not but can you give that level of commitment and level of time for doing anything like that [coaching India]. Just like in cricket. I mean if I wanted to be a really good batsman, I recognised that time, sacrifices and devotion, whatever was required to get it done and what sacrifices I had to make for it."

Only three players - Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis - have scored more Test runs than Dravid, who was known as 'The Wall' and racked up a tally of 13,288 in the five-day format between 1996 and 2012.