Rahul Dravid appointed as head coach of Team India

Rahul Dravid had recently coached the Indian men's limited-overs side during their ODI/ T20 series against Sri Lanka while the main team with head coach Ravi Shastri was in England for their test series. 

Created On: Oct 18, 2021 15:53 ISTModified On: Nov 4, 2021 14:15 IST
Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid was appointed as the head coach of Team India (Senior) on November 3, 2021. He was unanimously chosen for the post by the Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sulakshana Naik and RP Singh.

The former India skipper will take charge of the Indian cricket team from the upcoming home T20 series against New Zealand.

Following his appointment, Rahul Dravid said "It is an absolute honour to be appointed as the new Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team and I am 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. 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."

Sourav Ganguly, BCCI President, said in the release, "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. 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."

Honorary BCCI Secretary, Jay Shah also said, "there is no better person than Rahul Dravid and I am delighted to see him being appointed as the Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team. With two World Cups scheduled to take place in the next two years, it is important to have a seamless transition, and the former India captain is the right man for the job."

Why Rahul Dravid was the best choice for being Team India's head coach?

The Indian team is currently in a state of transition with many youngsters coming in and they have all worked with Dravid, as he was the head coach of India Under 19 and India A side.

•Rahul Dravid was appointed as the head of the National Cricket Academy in 2019, a position which he will leave before taking over as India’s head coach.

•Before this, he was serving as the Head Coach for the India Under-19 and India A teams from 2016 to 2019. Under his mentorship, the India under-19 team was runners-up at the 2016 under-19 Cricket World Cup and winners at the 2018 u-19 Cricket World Cup. 

•Known as 'The Wall' and Dependable, Dravid is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket.

BCCI board said, "Having provided the much-needed direction to NCA and overseen the progression of the boys at India U-19 and India A level, we believe this is also a natural progression for him as a coach. I have no doubt that under him, the Indian team will dominate in all formats."

The other coaching staff who will support Dravid are yet to be appointed. 

Background

The BCCI in an official statement said that it had invited applications for the position on October 26 to appoint Ravi Shastri's successor. The current Team India coach Ravi Shastri's contract ends with the T20 World Cup that is currently being held in Oman and UAE.

The BCCI board congratulated Shastri and other coaches, B. Arun (Bowling Coach), R. Sridhar (Fielding Coach) and Vikram Rathour (Batting Coach) for their successful tenure. 

The board noted that under Shastri's tenure, Team India adopted a bold and fearless approach and performed creditably both in-home and away conditions and also climbed to the top position in the Test format and made it to the final of the inaugural World Test Championship in England.

India had also become the first Asian team to win a Test series in Australia (2018-19) and it was followed with another series triumph in 2020-21. India had also been the first team to win all 5 T20Is in a bilateral series against New Zealand. India also won all their seven test series at home under Shastri and his team's guidance.

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