Rahul Dravid’s team to Australia:
This team exactly mirrors mine, with just two exceptions. First – Dravid has no Raina, thinking there’s no need for an extra middle-order batsman. I’m not invested in Raina, but think having the insurance of another batsman on a 4-Test tour is important.
The bigger difference concerns the spinner, with Dravid preferring Karn Sharma to Pragyan Ojha. His arguments for a wrist-spinner in Aussie conditions are persuasive, but I still think Ojha is the best spinner in India today. As a certain Rahul Dravid once said – whenever Ojha has been given a chance, he has never let the team down.
Otherwise, Dravid makes some of the very same arguments that I do: that in Australia, we’ll need to play 6 batsmen. That in Australia, extra pace will make a difference, leading to his selecting an identical seam attack to mine.
Just confirmation of my thoughts that Dravid should be the next coach of the Indian cricket team.