After much speculation, the wait of the Indian fans is over. Rahul Dravid has been officially appointed as the head coach of the Indian national team. Dravid had coached the India U-19 side to the World Cup triumph in 2018. He previously served as the National Cricket Academy chief and is now gearing up for a coaching stint with the senior team.
The former Indian captain is overjoyed to have been appointed the head coach of the senior team. “It is an absolute honour to be appointed as the new Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team and I am really looking forward to this role. Under Mr Shastri, the team has done very well, and I hope to work with the team to take this forward.” Dravid said in a statement.
“Having worked closely with most of the boys either at NCA, U19 and India A setup, I know they have the passion and desire to improve every day. There are some marquee multi-team events in the next two years, and I look forward to working with the players and the support staff to achieve our potential.“
“Hopeful that Rahul Dravid’s new stint will take Indian cricket to new heights,” Sourav Ganguly
Current head coach Ravi Shastri and his support staff will be stepping down following the ongoing T20 World Cup. In Shastri’s tenure, the team grew into a formidable force, especially in Test cricket. While the former Indian all-rounder did a fabulous job as a coach, Shastri will be leaving without winning an ICC trophy while making to the knockouts on every occasion.
Sourav Ganguly is hopefully of big results from his former teammate. “The BCCI welcomes Rahul Dravid as the Head Coach of India’s senior men team. Rahul has had an illustrious playing career and is one of the greats of the game,” Ganguly said in a statement.
“He has also served Indian cricket as Head of National Cricket Academy (NCA) with distinction. Rahul’s effort at the NCA has nurtured several young cricketing talents who have gone on to represent the country at the international stage. I am hopeful that his new stint will take Indian cricket to new heights.“