The Board of Control for Cricket in India has appointed Rahul Dravid to succeed Ravi Shastri as the Head Coach of the India Men’s senior cricket team. The appointment was made shortly after Shastri announced that he would not extend his contract post the T20 World Cup.
Known as one of the greats, Dravid played in 164 Tests, scoring 13,288 runs and 3044 Odi’s scoring 10,889.
Since his retirement from the game in 2012, The former Indian Captain has coached India U19s, who won the World Cup in 2018. He was also the mentor of the IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals during the 2014 season.
After receiving the new job as head coach, The Wall was delighted with the BCCI”’s decision and said it was an ‘absolute honour’ to be given the role.
“I’m really looking forward to this role. Under Shastri, the team has done very well, and I hope to work with the team to take this forward,” he added.
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With Kohli stepping down as T20 Captain post the World Cup, the onus is likely to be on Rohit Sharma who will captain the team in the upcoming series against New Zealand. Sharma led Mumbai Indians to five IPL titles, plus the Champions League in 2013, which was his first season in charge of the franchise.
This move may allow Kohli some rest bite from the pressures of captaining in all three formats. After the two stints of IPL plus the long tour of England, you could clearly see that the 32-year old looked burned out by the pressure of leading the country in all three formats, which could have been a factor for their disappointing tournament in the UAE.
India is due to play a home series against T20 World Cup semi-finalists New Zealand
As for Dravid, his job will be to continue the legacy in which Shastri has left behind, and hopefully build on it.
What will the future hold for Team India under Dravid?
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