Rahul Dravid to be coach of Indian limited overs teams in absence of Ravi Shastri on Sri Lanka tour

Rahul Dravid to be coach of Indian limited overs teams in absence of Ravi Shastri on Sri Lanka tour

Former captain Rahul Dravid will coach the Indian limited-overs team on their tour of Sri Lanka in July as current head coach Ravi Shastri will be busy with Virat Kohli's Test side in England during that time.

Team India will be heading to Sri Lanka to play a series of 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is from July 13 to 27.

The squad, which is expected to be selected later this month, will need a support staff for the tour as the current crop of coaches will be in England at the time where Kohli's team will be taking on Joe Root's side in a series of 5 Tests from August 4.

Dravid, who had been the batting consultant for the Indian senior team on their tour to England in 2014, is the current head of cricket operations at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. He also monitors the progress of the India A and U-19 teams.

Senior players like Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer are expected to headline a young Indian team in the limited-overs series in the island nation and will get to work again with Dravid, who has coached most of the current crop of youngsters during his stint as India A and U-19 coach.

Dravid is likely to take his own support staff to Sri Lanka as India's bowling, batting and fielding coaches - Bharat Arun, Vikram Rathour and R Sridhar respectively - will also be with Shastri in England.

Incidentally, the Indian team last won a Test series (1-0) in England under Dravid's captaincy back in 2007. Dravid led India to victory in the 2nd Test in Nottingham while the other two matches they drew at the Lord's and The Oval in London to clinch the Pataudi Trophy.

Australian great Greg Chappell was India's coach back then.

The current Indian Test squad will be quarantining in Mumbai for 14 days before leaving for their England tour. They will first face New Zealand in the ICC World Test Championship from June 18 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton before beginning their preparations for the Test series against England.

England will host India in the five-match series in Nottingham, London, Leeds and Manchester between August 4 and September 14.