Following Team India’s poor show in the opening Test matches against England, cricket fans have requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to sack the present coach Ravi Shastri and appoint former Indian batsman Rahul Dravid as the new coach.
Shastri faced criticism on Twitter after Virat Kohli faced his worst ever defeat in Test cricket. India lost the second Test match against England at Lord’s by an innings and 159 runs on the fourth day of the play.
Dravid holds a special place among Indian cricket fans. Known as ‘The Wall’, Dravid holds some amazing stats against England.
He is the only captain after Kapil Dev (1986) and Ajit Wadekar (1971) to win a Test series in England.
During his stint with the Indian team, Dravid played about 21 matches on England soil and has scored over 1900 runs at an average of more than 60 with seven 100s and eight 50s.
On August 12, when India faced an innings defeat at Lord’s, several cricket fans took to Twitter to express their anguish over the team’s disappointing performance. A few even demanded Dravid be appointed as the next coach of the Indian team.
Here are some of the reactions:
Rahul Dravid is the best Test batsmen in Indian cricket team.. Especially in overseas matches his innings & patnarships helps to win.. Sadly, india never finds a batsmen like #Rahuldravid after his retirement. & Dravid as a captain wins Test series in England. Legend. #ENGvsIND
— Vikram (@vikramsai_) August 10, 2018
— Dhwanil Shah (@RM_Insider) August 10, 2018
#ENDvIND can we please ask Rahul Dravid to come out of retirement
— akki (@activeakki) August 10, 2018
Can we get Rahul Dravid to clear the YoYo and head to England? He will be better than many in this side #INDvENG
— Vishy (@bsvishy) August 10, 2018
These are changes required for the team to succeed.
1. Sack Chamcha Ravi Shastri and Bring Rahul Dravid as coach.
2. Fitness alone can’t win you matches. Need to play more warm up matches or county cricket.
3. Dhawan, Vijay & Rahane career over. Pant, Iyer, Nair are the future.
— Dhruv Srivastava (@Dhruv1607) August 10, 2018
— ForIndia (@ForIndia7) August 12, 2018
#KyaHogaIssBaar We should bring Rahul Dravid as a coach, Ravi Shastri is not good enough to solve problems.
— Anurag (@anuragshriv) August 12, 2018
#ENDvIND That’s why Players like Rahul Dravid & Anil Kumble are called legends because they knew the responsibilities of team & how to adjust with the opposite conditions. As a coach Anil Kumble did a fantastic job because he was discipline coach.
— Nitin Bindua (@nitin_bindua20) August 12, 2018
— Amit A (@Amit_smiling) August 12, 2018
With a loss in the second Test match, India are now trailing the five match series 0-2. They have to win the third Test match to keep them alive in the series.
The third Test match will start on August 18 at the Trent Bridge.