Rahul Dravid India Coach: In a massive update, former legendary batter Rahul Dravid has finally been appointed the next head coach of the Indian team. The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India confirmed the big development after President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah held a meeting with Rahul during the finals of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season in Dubai . Dravid will take over his new role just after the ICC T20 World Cup and his contract will run until the 2023 World Cup.
It was also reported earlier that Rahul Dravid had refused to become the head coach of the Indian team and was eager to continue as the head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. However, both BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah persuaded Dravid to take up the big role. It has also been confirmed that Paras Mhambrey will be the next bowling coach of the national team as Bharat Arun’s contract comes to an end after the T20 World Cup. There is still no confirmation on whether R Sridhar will continue as the fielding coach or not, however, Vikram Rathour will continue to serve as the batting coach.
“Dravid has confirmed he will be the next head coach of the Indian team. He will be stepping down as the head of the NCA soon,” quoted a senior BCCI official.
“Jay (Shah) and Sourav (Ganguly) spoke to him and it was about Dravid being convinced because it does need a lot of time as you need to be on the go constantly. But things went well and Dravid has always kept the interest of the Indian cricket on the top so it made things easier as the team would do well to have someone like him guiding the boys,” said a source as quoted by ANI.
After the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup set to held in the UAE, Ravi Shastri’s contract as head coach of the Indian team will come to an end alongside bowling coach Bharat Arun and Fielding coach R Sridhar. Under Shastri’s coaching and guidance, Team India registered historic back-to-back Test series wins in Australia. India also qualified for the finals of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship and ended as the semi-finalists in the 2019 World Cup.
Also, it remains to be seen whether Virat Kohli will continue as India’s captain in the 50-overs format after the T20 World Cup as he had already announced to step down as the T20I skipper post the mega event in the UAE.
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