Ravi Shastri and his coaching staff likely to quit team India post T20 World Cup: Reports

Team India won two historic away Test series against Australia during Ravi Shastri's stint as head coach while the wait for an ICC trophy still continues.

Bharat Arun and Ravi Shastri
Bharat Arun and Ravi Shastri

Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri alongside his entire support staff is most likely to resign from their respective posts after the ICC T20 World Cup in October later this year. This means batting coach Vikram Rathour, bowling coach Bharath Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar are unlikely to be seen in the national side’s dressing room.

As per a recent report in The Indian Express, the Asian Giants will be undergoing a complete overhaul post the multi-nation tournament. 

The former Indian all-rounder took over the role of head coach from veteran spinner Anil Kumble in 2017. This transformation took place when the Men in Blue lost to Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy final match.

Rahul Dravid might re-apply for the NCA head position

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid

Recently, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) invited job applications for the Head of Cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. This role was earlier headed by former India batting legend Rahul Dravid who has done exceptionally well ever since he was donned into this position. 

The Karnataka cricketer has worked hard on preparing a robust bench strength for the main squad while coaching the India A and India Under-19 squads. He also went to Sri Lanka last month as the coach of team India while the Test squad was in the UK for the Test matches against England.

“Rahul Dravid could well reapply for the post but with Ravi Shastri’s tenure ending in November 2021 after T20 WC, there is every possibility of Rahul being elevated to head coach’s position. Bottom line, he remains very much a part of the system,” a BCCI source told PTI.

Rahul Dravid is the prime candidate for becoming India’s next head coach as the current age limit is set as 60 years for this role. Shastri (59) might also become ineligible while Dravid’s age might come into play as per India’s performance at the much-awaited T20 WC.

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