Ponting: Dravid would be a great India coach


Former Australia captain Ricky Pontng feels that former India batsman Rahul Dravid would do a very good job as India coach if the BCCI opted to go with a local head mentor.

India have not had a coach, as such, for over a year, with Ravi Shastri managing the team, but are on the hunt for one now. Ponting, who has been coaching Mumbai in the IPL, said Dravid would make a great coach.

Ponting said of the India Under 19 coach: "It’s not my decision to make and it depends on what BCCI are looking for. Do they want an Indian coach or an overseas one?

"I don't think BCCI will find many better candidates than someone like him. If he’s interested in doing the job, he will do a good job.

"He’s got a lot of knowledge, is very experienced and understands all three formats because he has worked in IPL. He will be a great candidate but it depends on what the BCCI thinks is the best fit for the Indian cricket team and also depends on what the captain wants.

"Whatever Virat (Kohli) wants around the Test team, I am sure the BCCI will listen to him."