Mumbai: Recently-retired batsman Rahul Dravid on Sunday indicated that he is open to the idea of coaching the Indian cricket team in future. "Who knows someday in the future [I may coach the Indian team]," Dravid answered when asked if he would be interested in taking up the job.
Though Dravid refrained from making a commitment, he pointed out his stint with Rajasthan Royals in this year's IPL when he was the captain-cum-mentor of the side. "I don't know [about the future]. [A] lot of things that I have not decided on. I don't have the level 1, 2, 3 certificates that people want [for coaching] sometimes.
“It [coaching] was part of my role with Rajasthan Royals this year. It was little more than leadership as I was involved in the tactical and coaching side of it... Enjoyed doing that," Dravid said.
Dravid, who was also known for his calm demeanour during his playing days, revealed that he had lost his cool on a couple of occasions during the course of his 16-year-long international career. "In the privacy of the dressing room, I have let myself go, throwing a few bats. I don't get angry very often but there have been times when I have been frustrated with myself; maybe after playing a bad shot, after getting out, I have done some damage to some equipment of mine. Once or twice in the course of 20 years, I think you can allow me that at least," he added with a chuckle.
For someone who has played countless match-winning knocks at the highest level, it is difficult to pinpoint one, but Dravid rated his double century in the 2003 Adelaide Test against Australia as one his best innings. "In terms of control and just the way I have played through the innings, I think it was one of the best constructed innings. But frankly speaking, it was a good batting wicket," he said.
When reminded about the six that he had hit to get to his century in the same Test, Dravid said, "I never intended to hit a six, it just happened. I didn't think that, it happened instinctively."
And as far the numerous match-winning partnerships that he constructed with VVS Laxman, Dravid said, "It was fantastic and a privilege to bat with him [Laxman] all these years and share some lovely, wonderful partnerships. VVS was a good laidback South Indian boy. I had the opportunity to bat with Sachin [Tendulkar], [Virender] Sehwag, Sourav [Ganguly], [Gautam] Gambhir, Laxman and [Mohammad] Azharuddin... guys who are legends of Indian cricket."
When asked about his ability to bat at any position and don any role given to him, Dravid said, "That's the beauty of team sport. I was in the hockey team in school, played football. One of the challenges for me was to make the team feel better. It helped me evolve, so batting at different positions was never a problem."
Dravid, who admires Viswanathan Anand the most outside the cricket fraternity and who described the chess champion's achievements as "staggering", continues to play lower division cricket. "I have not been training... it's been only a month. I have played a couple of matches over the last two weeks – the final of the TNCA league and a second division final. But no practice, no training and no warm-ups."
Dravid also said as the former greats of Indian cricket continued to play even after their retirement, he too doesn’t have any inhibitions in playing in the second division, "People like Gundappa Viswanath and Sudhakar Rao continued to play even after retirement. I have played with them [in my initial years] and it was a huge thrill for me to play against them," he added.