India rolled the dice ahead of their five-Test series in England when their Board of Control for Cricket announced on Sunday that former batsman Rahul Dravid would be joining the team as a mentor in the buildup to the first Test at Trent Bridge on July 9.
BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a press release:
Rahul Dravid, former India captain, has accepted a request from the Indian team management, to support and advise the team in its preparatory stages of the tour of England, given his vast experience and knowledge of the game. He will be with the team till the beginning of the first Test.
Patel told ESPN Cricinfo that India coach Duncan Fletcher made the request for Dravid's presence to aid the squad:
It was the coach who approached us on behalf of the team and said it would be good to have Rahul, with his vast experience, spend some time with the boys ahead of the series. We immediately requested Rahul and he readily agreed.
While Dravid would only be officially available until the first Test begins on July 9, he is a part of the commentary panel for the series and thus would continue to be accessible to the players.
Dravid will join a coaching staff including head coach Fletcher, bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding coach Trevor Penney. With the absence of a specialist batting consultant, the Indians thought it wise to request Dravid's services ahead of such an important tour.
While it could be argued that too many cooks spoil the broth, Dravid's presence should bode well for the Indian squad. Here are five reasons why the move is a masterstroke.