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I think all the three formats are critically important for us: Dravid
Rahul Dravid may have been kickstarting his India coaching stint in a quiet series against New Zealand back home but he has his sights firmly set on the three big ICC world events that are scheduled in the next couple of years.
Starting with a T20 WC in Australia next year, there's a home ODI World Cup and a possible World Test Championship final in 2023 to punctuate Dravid's two-year tenure, and the India coach said that he has an eye for all the three events. It will mean balancing long-term planning with short-term goals, which Dravid said was to “win every single game” that India plays, but the 48-year-old is up for it.
“It's a combination of both in any situation. You have to win now but you also have to keep one eye to the future. You have to plan and prepare for the big tournaments. We have them coming up in the next couple of years and we have to think about those things as well,” Dravid said in his first media address as India's full-time head coach.
“It's a balance that you need to strike and that's happening in day to day functioning. It's hard to put down how exactly you will do it but yeah, we'll keep both things in mind and certainly, it's one of the goals. Thinking long term and thinking about what's in the future certainly is my job as a coach and that won't that won't change irrespective of whichever team you're in, you're coaching.
“In terms of the bubble fatigue, or the situation we are in now, we will think about the players' long-term careers and futures as well and keep that in mind. Prioritise their well-being at any stage over short-term results.
The ICC events in Dravid's tenure cover all the three formats, and it will mean an equitable focus on Tests, ODIs and T20Is for the new India coach.
“I think all the three formats are critically important for us. There's going to be no let up in the way we prepare or the way we plan for any of the three formats. Obviously, in the next two years, there are three ICC events and we need to prepare for all those events,” Dravid said.
“As far as vision is concerned, you know, for me, it's just about us looking to improve constantly every day and we keep getting better as players and as people then and we should be fine.”
Dravid said that he's kept his interactions minimal with the team so far, which until recently was busy with the T20 WC in the UAE. For now, he's planning to take his time and get a feel of how the system works.
“(Right now) Getting a sense and really sitting back and observing and seeing how things are done and what's happening and picking up and learning along the way as well. And having some conversations over the last few days. When you come in, I think my role initially will really be to sit back and watch and observe and then step in when required. And we have time for that. So there's no rush around.
“Just had a few interactions. Obviously, they were busy with the World Cup, so didn't want to sort of disturb until the World Cup got over. Just had the opportunity at times to obviously chat with Rohit [Sharma], a little bit after the World Cups got over and with Virat [Kohli] as well as with a lot of the players… so yeah, just sort of beginning that. And obviously, the support staff come in here. I've had a chance to meet a lot of the people who've already been here as part of the support staff for a really long time.”
Dravid also had a few words for the new India T20 captain Rohit Sharma, who he captained on his international debut in Ireland 14 years ago.
“I guess time flies, doesn't it? Actually remember him even before Ireland, when you were (talking to Rohit) playing Challenger Trophy in Madras. And as a young kid coming through, I know – we all knew – that Rohit was going to be special. We could just see that he was a very, very special talent. That I would, so many years later, be working with him, that I never thought about.
“What he has done is just lovely to see honestly. The way Rohit has grown as a leader, as a person over these last, you know, what is it 14 years now? And it's truly been someone who's been an absolute credit to the game in the country, from what he's achieved, like I said, both as a player and of course. His success as a leader for the Mumbai Indians has been phenomenal as well and how he's been able to carry that legacy forward. It obviously comes from having to carry the legacy of Mumbai, cricket and Indian cricket is not an easy one. And he's done it with a lot of class and it's lovely to see that happen.”