“Absolute Honor”: Rahul Dravid on Being Named India’s Head Coach

On Wednesday, Indian cricket legend Rahul Dravid was named head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team.

On Wednesday, Indian cricket legend Rahul Dravid was named head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team. Dravid will take leadership of the squad from the commencement of the bilateral series against New Zealand on November 17, according to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Dravid will take over as the team’s head coach from Ravi Shastri, whose contract is slated to expire at the end of the present ICC T20 World Cup in 2021.

Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has stated that Rahul Dravid will bring his huge experience and work ethic to the Indian structure, as well as his tactical knowledge. Dravid is generally regarded as one of the greatest batters of all time and rightfully so.

Dravid previously coached India’s Under-19 team at the 2016 and 2018 World Cups, when they placed second and first, respectively. Dravid also oversaw the development of the India A team till his appointment as the head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru in 2019. He was also the coach for an Indian squad led by Shikhar Dhawan that toured Sri Lanka earlier this year.

Dravid said he will aim to expand on the work done by Shastri and his support team now that he has been named India’s head coach.

“It is an absolute honor to be appointed as the new Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team and I am really looking forward to this role”, Dravid was cited as stating in a BCCI news release. “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”, Dravid added.

“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.”

A new era in Indian cricket will begin with Dravid’s command of the home series against New Zealand, where he will be joined by a new T20 captain, who will most likely be Rohit Sharma.