Cricket“Every time we pick Playing XI, we disappoint people”- Dravid reveals the hardest part of being a Head Coach
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It’s been almost two years since Rahul Dravid became the Head coach of Team India, but he has had more setbacks than hits as the team failed to qualify for the Asia Cup 2022 final, lost to Africa, and was defeated by England in a rescheduled 5th test last year. Lost the T20 World Cup semi-final and recently also suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the World Test Championship final. However, one thing that Dravid did better than his predecessor, Ravi Shastri, was to give players a long run. Shubman Gill, Arshdeep Singh, and Shreyas Iyer are the names to persevere. The youngster Arshdeep has become India’s favourite bowler in death overs, while Gill has displayed himself as the next big thing in Indian cricket. Iyer showed amazing class last year in Bangladesh before being ruled out because of a back injury.


Dravid reveals the toughest part of being a coach


Dravid is an unbiased person, he believes in giving a fair chance to every deserving candidate. It is a quality that can be found in a person who has played cricket his whole career with dignity. However, when it comes to coaching, there is a great deal of responsibility, and the coach has to make some tough calls, a lot of which Dravid has taken during his tenure. Recently, Dravid stated that the toughest part of being a coach goes beyond winning and losing.


People are disappointed every time playing XI is picked- Dravid


During the episode of Cred Curious, the Head Coach of India said, “Every time we pick the playing XI, we let people down, there are people who are not playing. Every time the 15-member squad is picked for a tournament, There are a lot of players who think they should’ve been included. We feel bad for them on an emotional level, but we try. I am not perfect and don’t get it right every time. The toughest part of being a coach and leading a team is making tough decisions about people who want to perform and be successful, but only a few can be selected.


Dravid took some tough calls
Before becoming the head coach of Team India, Dravid was coaching India A and U-19 squads, and his leadership was widely appreciated. Apart from the impeccable results delivered by him and his team, the main thing was how well Dravid and the players got along with each other. But when it comes to the senior men’s cricket team, it is a different kind of fish altogether, as Dravid has to take tough decisions that not many can make, such as dropping Veterans like Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, and Ishant Sharma from the team last year.