Former India cricketers, who have shared the dressing room with Rahul Dravid, are expecting a positive change in Indian cricket under his coaching tenure. Dravid has taken over the head coach role of Team India from the T20I series against New Zealand.
Veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh is among the ex-teammates of Dravid who have high hopes. He said the players will get a lot of assurance and there will be a lot of stability in the team under the newly appointed head coach.
Speaking on the Star Sports show, Harbhajan said, "With Rahul coming in, I can tell you that players will be given a lot of assurance. Players will be given good chances, there won’t be any unfair treatment and you’ll be left out of the team."
"They will be given proper opportunities and that’s what Rahul Dravid will bring onto the table. He will bring a lot of stability to the team," he added.
BCCI selectors have given the captaincy duty of the T20I team to Rohit Sharma, with Virat Kohli leading only ODI and Test sides. Harbhajan feels the combination between Dravid, Kohli, and Rohit will take some time to adjust.
“See, the combination will obviously take some time for everyone to adjust to with new things, new processes that Rahul will bring onto the table,” said Harbhajan.
“I think the triangle of these three is joined to one another, Rahul with Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. I think they should be working together and take Indian cricket to new heights,” he added.
Former India batter Aakash Chopra also praised Dravid and said there is a natural respect for him. He also added that Kohli and Dravid both have passion for Test cricket which will benefit the team.
"With Kohli, see the fact that Rahul Dravid he just commands respect, he doesn’t demand it.
“You know if Rahul is there, there is a natural feeling of respect for him because of what he has done, that’s one, and what he is as a person,” said Chopra.
“If you talk about Test cricket, it’s very interesting that this format is very close to Rahul Dravid’s heart and the same can be said for Virat Kohli in regards to Test matches,” he added.
(With Star Sports Inputs)