Rahul Dravid, India’s head coach for the Sri Lanka trip, said he hasn’t given full-time coaching any consideration yet.
Sri Lanka defeated India by seven wickets in the third and final Twenty20 international match of the series and won the series 2-1.
Dravid during a post match press conference said, “I have enjoyed this experience, I have not thought anything too far ahead. I am happy with what I am doing. I have not given anything any thought apart from this tour. I have enjoyed the experience, I have enjoyed working with these guys. It has been great. No, I have not given thought to anything else. There are a lot of challenges with doing a full-time role so I really do not know.”
Earlier Indian batsmen were restricted to 81/8 in twenty overs by Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga. After being down to 63/8, Chetan Sakariya and Kuldeep helped the team to get over 80 run mark.
“I am not disappointed. They are young batters and they will have to learn and get better. It is only when they are exposed to these types of conditions and quality of bowling, Sri Lankan team, their bowling attack is their international bowling attack. They are missing a few batsmen because of different reasons, but this is a complete attack. I am not disappointed, they would have liked to score few more runs. It is a great opportunity for us to learn, not all wickets are going to be flat. We need a way to reach 130-140,” said Dravid.
Dravid was asked if the youngsters can play the spin better, he replied: “All of us have had challenges facing quality bowling, be it spin or pace. We have all had to fight our way through that. It needs experience and time. Obviously, over the last couple of games, we did not have that cushion, our players are young. It was heartening to see how our spinners performed. I think one thing that is slightly different is that when I played, the wickets in domestic cricket turned a little bit more.”
“The wickets have gotten a little better in Ranji Trophy, which is great. I do not think the talent is missing in batting or spin bowling, I just think we need a little bit of experience to decide what type of shot to play. It was tough batting for them as well,” he added.