Renowned former cricketer and now Indian cricket team head coach, Rahul Dravid, sheds light on India's upcoming challenge in Australia, emphasising the pivotal role of Australian batsmen Smith and Warner. Here's what the legendary player had to say.

While appearing on the 'Sony Ten Pit Stop' show on Facebook, Rahul Dravid dropped some real talk. "Missing Smith and Warner was a huge thing for Australia," he said. According to Dravid, these two batsmen are the pillars who've scored the most runs for the team. 

Dravid didn't stop there. Remember the Ashes? He pointed out how Smith alone carried the series, even when Warner slumped. Both players have also proven their mettle in the IPL, adding to Rahul Dravid IPL and international cricket insights. "These two guys will make a huge impact so that it will be a bigger and stiffer challenge for India this time around," he emphasised.

Rahul Dravid firmly believes that India has what it takes. "India has got the firepower to compete; they've got top-class players," Dravid adds optimistically.

Rahul Dravid's Evolution: From Player to Influential Coach

Rahul Dravid didn't put his feet up at the tail-end of his illustrious playing career. In 2014, he took on a mentorship role for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. For those keeping score, that's the same year he served as a mentor for the Indian national team during their England tour. In the 2015 IPL season, his wisdom and knack for strategy led the Royals to a commendable third-place finish.

After his IPL stint, Rahul Dravid moved on to something even more noteworthy. He was named the head coach of the India U19 and India A teams. This wasn't just for show; the man had an impact. The U19 lads reached the finals of the 2016 U-19 Cricket World Cup. Fast forward to 2018, and they bagged the trophy, defeating Australia by eight wickets. That's their fourth U-19 World Cup win, the most by any team in the world!

While focusing on his duties as coach, Dravid was also responsible for grooming future superstars. Names like Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, and Washington Sundar have Rahul Dravid to thank. They were, after all, part of the young talent he cultivated. His IPL experience, including his time with the Delhi Daredevils, certainly shaped these future stars.

Head of Cricket at National Cricket Academy (NCA)

In July 2019, Dravid took up another huge responsibility. He was appointed Head of Cricket at the NCA. From mentoring and coaching to training and motivating players, Rahul Dravid was incharge of everything. Rahul Dravid earned much praise during his time at NCA due to keeping extra focus on improving player fitness and rehabilitation programs.

Fast forward to November 2021, and Rahul Dravid has been appointed the head coach of the Indian national cricket team. A man of his age, experience, and expertise is now in the driver's seat for Indian cricket's future. 

Let's remember Dravid isn't just offering armchair punditry here. His track record as a mentor and coach is nothing short of phenomenal. He's done everything from guiding young talents in the IPL to coaching India's U19 and India A teams.

What did Rahul Dravid became the coach of Indian Cricket Team
Rahul Dravid was appointed as head coach of India in November, 2021.
Which IPL team Rahul Dravid coached before accepting the Indian head coach offer?
Rahul Dravid was the head coach of Rajasthan Royals.
When did  Rahul Dravid retire from international cricket as a player?
Rahul Dravid announced his retirement in August 2012.