Anurag Thakur makes a shocking revelation related to India's Head Coach preference  © Getty Images
Anurag Thakur makes a shocking revelation related to India’s Head Coach preference © Getty Images

Anurag Thakur reveals that Rahul Dravid was the original choice for India’s Head Coach post. But Dravid wanted to work with the junior team rather than coaching Indian cricket team. The BCCI President said that Anil Kumble was the second choice for the job after Rahul Dravid expressed his willingness to work with junior team. Anil Kumble was eventually made the Head Coach of India by a committee consisting of cricketing legends Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. Thakur told NDTV that, “I requested Rahul Dravid to coach the Indian team. He didn’t say no, but said that he will work for the junior team.” ALSO READ: Anil Kumble: Will resolve conflict of interest issue with BCCI before taking charge as India head coach

Thakur went ahead praising Dravid as he said, “That is the good thing about Dravid. He didn’t go for the senior team post, big money and all. He wanted to work for the junior cricketers and not the senior team”. Dravid taking up the job for Head Coach was unlikely from the beginning as he expressed a few months ago that, “I can only do short-term assignments, I can’t stay away from home for long periods of time, short assignments suit me better.” ALSO READ: BCCI has complete faith in Anil Kumble, says Anurag Thakur

Dravid has been doing a fantastic job as India Under-19 team were the runner-ups of the Under-19 World Cup. He recently took up the job of mentoring Delhi Daredevils in IPL and improved their record. ALSO READ: Anil Kumble appointed Indian cricket team’s head coach

Thakur also said,”BCCI has been very transparent. We fixed a criteria. There was the Cricket Advisory Committee as well. They have gone through the process, interviewed and recommended few names. After discussions with various stakeholders, we have decided that Anil Kumble will be the head coach of the Indian cricket team for the next one year.”