AB De Villiers to replace Rahul Dravid as India head coach? Former Proteas player says ‘Anything is possible…’

Ever since BCCI released applications for the India head coach position, there has been a lot of speculations about who could take Rahul Dravid’s place in coaching in Rohit Sharma led side. Notably, Rahul Dravid’s tenure as head coach was till last year’s ODI World Cup but he was later given a short term extension till the upcoming T20 World Cup. 

Amogst the plethora of options that have been touted to replace Dravid in the top position are: KKR Mentor Gautam Gambhir, former Australia coach Justin Langer, NCA head VVS Laxman, Gujarat Titans coach Ashish Nehra, Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming and former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardhane. 

AB de Villiers on taking India head coach position: 

Former South African batter Ab de Villiers was recently asked if he would like to take up the role of next India coach and the former Proteas stated that there were some elements of the role that we would enjoy while some others won’t be as pleasing to him. 

In an interaction with News18, De Villiers said, “I absolutely have no idea. I do think I’ll enjoy coaching. I think there’s certain elements I won’t enjoy as much, which I will have to learn. With time, anything is possible and I can think on my feet and learn as I move on,”

“But I think there are elements of a coaching job that I’ll enjoy a lot. Things that I’ve learned over the years, the maturity that I’ve got now at the age of 40, looking back, a lot of things look a lot clearer when I look back at my career. So those kind of learnings could be valuable for some younger players, even some senior players,” de Villiers added.

Notably, BCCI has stated that it is looking for a long term coach to look after the Indian players. The tenure of the next India coach will be till the end of ODI World Cup in 2027 and would require travelling with the Indian team for around 10 months a year.


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Published: 24 May 2024, 09:28 AM IST

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