Former India batter Rahul Dravid has been appointed as team India's head coach. He will take over the reins from incumbent head coach Ravi Shastri after the culmination of the upcoming International T20 Cup, which begins on October 17 in Oman and UAE. The 48-year-old will have to quit his role of National Cricket Academy (NCA) director and before taking over the coaching role for team India.
Dravid comes with a vast amount of experience on his shoulders as he was associated at the Under-19 level for team India. He was also the coach for the team during India’s tour of Sri Lanka, which ended with the visitors winning the ODI series 2-1. Dravid’s name was doing rounds ever since Shastri wished to step down from the post.
Initially, the former India batter had reservations about taking up the role, but after a bit of conviction from BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah, Dravid agreed to take the pivotal role.
“Yes, Rahul has agreed to coach the Indian team till the 2023 World Cup. Initially, he was reluctant but it is understood that president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah had a meeting with Rahul on the sidelines of the IPL final where they were able to convince him,” a BCCI official told, according to Crictracker.
“It won’t be an interim role,” he added.
Dravid will be joined by Paras Mhambrey, who will be the bowling coach. Vikram Rathour, the batting coach of India is likely to continue with the role. The duo’s first assignment will be upcoming series against New Zealand, which will begin on November 17. The Blackcaps are set to play two Tests and three T20Is.