The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has released a list of all the expenses incurred during the month of April 2016. According to it Rahul Dravid was paid a professional fee of Rs 1.3 crore and for his overall coaching role he was paid a handsome amount of Rs 2.62 crore.
Dravid was formally announced the coach of India A and India U-19 team in June 2015. He took over the charge in July when India A played two first-class matches against the visiting Australia A team.
His first series as a coach was a bitter experience for him as the home team found themselves in trouble in the first match and were “lucky” to draw the match whereas in the second match the team suffered a loss. Virat Kohli too played that match under the captaincy of Cheteshwar Pujara.
In the tri-series that followed India A had an awful start as the team again lost to Australia A. Though the team registered wins against South Africa A in both the matches but could not defeat Australia A in the group stage. These losses were hurting Dravid as questions were raised on his ability to nurture a team. But the Unmukt Chand-led team bounced back strongly in the big final and went onto win the series by defeating the undefeated Australia A to emerge champions.
Dravid was praised after the series as the Indian batsmen performed exceptionally well in the series. Especially Mayank Aggarwal as he scored 407 runs in five innings. The win was a boost for him and soon after that Dravid had the job to “assemble” the India U-19 team as the BCCI had not organized a series for the junior players for one-and-a-half years.
Finally in October BCCI organised an Under-19 cup comprising of the 36 talented U-19 players from all over the country. Dravid kept a close eye on the young players and selected the best players from that pool for the Under-19 World Cup.
The U-19 boys played exceptionally well and lost only one match, but it was heartbreak loss as it came in the big final of the U-19 World Cup against West Indies.
But no-one can deny Dravid’s role in that, as he with his skills and ability was able to build a team within a matter of three months and guide that team to the final of the World Cup.
Dravid performed his role exceptionally well and helped players to give off their best. He with his experience and ability was able to spot and fix all the weaknesses in the team.
One of his best finds was Rishab Pant as depite a poor form in U-19 selection tournament Dravid showed faith in him and selected him in the team. Pant performed exceptionally well and earned praises for his good run in the World Cup. Pant was also able to draw an IPL contract worth Rs. 1.90 crore.
Now, there are speculations that Dravid he may be offered the role of head coaching of the Indian cricket team and if that happens, it can be the best thing for the Indian team.This will give an opportunity to players to nurture their skills under watchful eyes of an incredible coach.
To see if at all it happens, we have to wait for the BCCI to take a final call on “The Wall”. .