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'Need to Maintain Continuity': Zaheer Khan on Stability in India's Coaching Structure After Rahul Dravid's Extension – News18


Zaheer Khan emphasised the importance of continuity with India playing a lot of cricket across a calendar year. (Image: AFP, X)

Former Indian cricketer, Zaheer Khan shared his thoughts regarding the importance of continuity with teams having a jam-packed schedule of cricket in the modern times.

Uncertainty was in the Indian cricketing fraternity regarding the continuity of the head coach, Rahul Dravid after his side had suffered a heartbreaking loss against Australia in the 2023 World Cup finals.

After the ODI World Cup, Dravid has been handed an extension. Speaking to Cricbuzz, former Indian cricketer Zaheer Khan reacted to the news regarding the system behind the Indian cricket team. He said,” I have a general view talking about this. With so much cricket happening, you need that continuity factor which is going to be very very important. You need that stability when there are so many moving parts is having something constant.”

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Zaheer added,”So whoever becomes the coach needs to be constant and maintain that continuity for a while. You form a nice setup with the higher-ups like the BCCI, the NCA to the Indian team and the captains across all formats.”

The former Indian cricketer emphasised the point where the bigger teams are prioritising their games based on importance with a lot of games taking place during the calendar year across all formats.

Khan said, “It’s heading that way it’s going whether you like it or not with so many games that are planned that you have to give priority to certain games. That’s why you see a lot of teams playing their best players in the bigger matches.”

“Usually in Indian cricket, we have seen that continuity is maintained with one captain across all formats,” said Zaheer Khan.

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Historically India has followed the pattern where they had just one captain across all formats, most recently it was Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and more.

Khan concluded by saying, “It’s important for players to be ready for certain tournaments which are important for the Indian team but this continuity part which I’m talking about has to be done with one coach.”

India will now prepare themselves for their tour of South Africa which begins with a three-match T20I series which starts in Durban.



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