New Delhi: After a successful cricketing career spanning 16 years, former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid starts his new innings from Wednesday as a coach of India A team. It's his first assignment as a manager, as India A lock horns with Australia A in an unofficial two-match Test series.
Since his retirement in 2012, Dravid has wore many hats, be it of a batting mentor or a commentator.
However, handling a team of teenagers or grown ups is certainly not an easy task by any means, especially when they would go on to represent the nation in the future at the biggest stage.
Throughout his long and successful career, the Karnataka batsman always tried to stay away from controversies and emerged as one of the best students of the game.
One thing that goes well with Dravid, is discipline. So, it goes without saying that he expects the same from his pupils.
The 42-year-old, played many memorable knocks for India and made the country proud many a times. Now, as 'Mr dependable' is set to start a fresh innings, it would be interesting to watch how he would adapt to the new role and different situations.
Interestingly, India A will be led by Cheteshwar Pujara, who was touted to be the next Dravid in the making. And the right-hander has already got the backing of his mentor-cum-coach, which might change the fortunes of the Saurashtra batsman, who is going through a bad patch.