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Dravid was the first Choice for Coach not Kumble

BCCI president Anurag Thakur has revealed that Rahul Dravid, and not Anil Kumble, was the board’s first choice to become India’s new cricket coach.

Thakur was quoted as saying by NDTV that Dravid didn’t turn down the job, but wanted to spend more time honing junior talent…

I requested Rahul Dravid to coach the Indian team. He didn’t say no, but said that he will work for the junior team.

Indian Cricketer Rahul Dravid delivers his speech during an international conference of Central Bureau of Investigation and State anti-corruption bureaux  in New Delhi on November 12, 2013. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI ) organised a special Session on Ethics and Integrity in Sports: Need for a Law and Role of CBI . AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH        (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

Thakur’s quotes also give away the fact that Dravid could take over as coach of the senior side in the future, despite being reluctant to sign long-term assignments. The BCCI president was all praise for The Wall, who coached the U19 side to the final of the World Cup this year.

That is the good thing about Dravid, he didn’t go for the senior team post, big money and all. He wanted to work for the junior cricketers and not the senior team.

Dravid’s credentials also include doing an excellent job with Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.

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