Former Indian cricketer, Saba Karim believes that India’s new head coach Rahul Dravid’s immediate goal should be to help India win the upcoming two ICC World Cups in 2022 and 2023. India last win an ICC title back in 2013.
“Dravid’s immediate goal should be winning both these World Cups. 2022 in Aus and 2023 one. The way Rahul Dravid plans and the way he sets systems in place, the processes that he makes, his intentions would be to win these titles.
“He should also be putting his focus on the ICC Test Championship’s new cycle that would be starting with the series against NZ series. It is very important that Rahul Dravid begins with new thoughts and approaches. Also should keep an eye on workload management and the changing scope of T20 cricket.”
The ICC T20 World Cup 2022 is scheduled to be played in Australia, followed by ICC 2013 World Cup in India. Rahul Dravid will be the head coach of the Indian Cricket Team during this time.
Saba Karim also praised the legacy which the Virat Kohli-Ravi Shastri duo has left behind. Under their 7-year long partnership, India won a series not only in India but also in SENA countries.
“If we talk about legacies, then this duo (Shastri+VK) is leaving behind a great legacy in Test cricket. It has been a great period for Indian cricket. India gave a good performance in England and twice in Australia. India has now proved that they are not only well equipped to win home series, but away series as well.”
The 53-year-old also voiced his opinion on the next T20I captain of the ‘Men in Blue’ as opener Rohit Sharma is in contention of taking the mantle from Kohli. Karim spoke positively of Sharma asserting that the team will turn its tides in the upcoming World Cups.
“I don’t think selecting Rohit Sharma as captain will take Indian cricket backwards. It has to be known what the motive behind choosing someone as captain is. If India thinks they can win the next two World Cups with Rohit as captain, they should go ahead with it,” said Karim.
India’s final game in the ICC T20 World Cup against Namibia marked the end of the tenure of Ravi Shastri as India’s head coach. It was also Virat Kohli’s final match as India’s T20 captain.
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