Wasim Jaffer explains why Rahul Dravid should not be Indian team’s permanent head coach

His remark comes amid growing demand for Dravid to become India's permanent head coach.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 9 July 2021 2:45 pm

Former India opener Wasim Jaffer has made a name for himself on social media by positing cricketing memes and jokes. While Jaffer remained a focused cricketer on the field, many are seeing this avatar of the domestic cricket legend for the first time. And recently Jaffer has taken his online presence to the next level by starting a new YouTube channel to express his views on cricket.

In a recent video uploaded to this channel, Jaffer argued why interim head coach Rahul Dravid, who is with the white ball squad in Sri Lanka, should not take up the coaching role of the men's team permanently. He added that Dravid should continue to nurture young talent and remain the guiding force behind emerging cricketers at the India A and Under-19 levels.

Dravid’s mentorship and guidance are more needed at the U-19 and India A level: Jaffer

"He is going as a coach of this Indian team to Sri Lanka. I’m sure those youngsters will benefit a lot. I personally feel that he shouldn’t push to become the coach of the national team. And, I feel that he needs to work with these India U19 players and India A players at the NCA. I think the international players who play in the Indian team are a finished product," the Mumbai stalwart said.

"Rahul Dravid’s mentorship and guidance are more needed at the U-19 and India A level. His guidance is crucial for them to achieve the next level. So I think he needs to stay at the NCA for a longer period of time for our bench strength so that it keeps growing stronger," he added.

While the Shikhar Dhawan-led India will begin the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka on July 13, Virat Kohli-led India will play a warm-up match in England commencing on July 19 before the five-match Test series in August.