NEW DELHI: Former India chief selector MSK Prasad feels Rahul Dravid is the best option as a coach if India wish to continue their dream run following the end of current head coach Ravi Shastri's tenure.
Dravid agreed to take over as the head coach of the Indian national team on the sidelines of the Indian Premier League final on Friday.
"I told earlier also that Rahul Dravid will be the best candidate for coach of Team India. He can gel up with Ravi Shastri and his team easily," Prasad told ANI.
"In the tenure of Ravi Shastri, Team India did so well, won series in Australia. Winning back-to-back series is not an easy task; and if we want this performance to continue, then Rahul Dravid is the best option," he added.
A source confirmed the development.
"Dravid has agreed and it cannot get better. The other positions will now be looked into while Vikram (Rathour) stays as the batting coach. The Indian team is in a state of transition with youngsters coming in and they have all worked with Dravid, and it will be all the more easier for Indian cricket to continue on its path to become world beaters on the pitch," a source said.
Dravid was always the preferred choice for the BCCI but it looks like it took BCCI secretary Jay Shah and president Sourav Ganguly to sit down and talk with the former captain before he agreed to wear the cap full-time, after travelling to Sri Lanka with the team for the limited-overs series recently while the Test team was on tour of England.
Current coach Shastri's contract ends with the T20 World Cup, which gets underway on Sunday. The BCCI is hosting the tournament in Oman and UAE.
India will open their T20 World Cup campaign against Pakistan on October 24 in Dubai. After the T20 World Cup, Virat Kohli will also be stepping down as the side's captain in the shortest format.