3 Former Indian Players Who Can Replace Rahul Dravid As India’s Coach For T20Is

Rahul Dravid. PC- Twitter
Rahul Dravid. PC- Twitter

3 Former Indian Players Who Can Replace Rahul Dravid As India’s Coach For T20Is. The BCCI announced Rahul Dravid’s appointment as Ravi Shastri’s successor in an announcement on November 3, 2021. The three-match T20I series against New Zealand was his first assignment in his role. Since then, Rahul Dravid has returned with several memorable moments in bilateral series, but the Indian squad has struggled in major international tournaments.

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Indian Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

First, the Men in Blue got knocked out from the Asia Cup 2022, and later on, it suffered a humiliating defeat by 10 wickets in the semi-finals of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 against England. If this was not enough, the Men in Blue lost the first and second ODI of the ongoing 3-match series against Bangladesh by 1 wicket and 5 runs respectively which further hurt the team’s cricket fans in a big manner.

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Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid. Pic Credits: Twitter

BCCI sacked the selection committee headed by Chetan Sharma after India got knocked out of the T20 World Cup 2022 and as per reports, the BCCI is thinking of making substantial changes in the system after the Men in Blue’s ODI series defeat against Bangladesh.

Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli
Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli. (Photo: Twitter)

The ODI series loss to Bangladesh couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Men in Blue as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have called for a review meeting in Mumbai.

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After crashing out of T20 World Cup 2022 in the semifinals followed by back-to-back ODI series losses to New Zealand and Bangladesh, the BCCI office-bearers will meet captain Rohit Sharma, coach Rahul Dravid, NCA chief VVS Laxman and former captain Virat Kohli when the side returns to India from Bangladesh after the Test series.

The BCCI review meeting comes of the back of the Men in Blue’s five-run loss to Bangladesh in the second ODI on Wednesday (December 7) which means the Men in Blue have lost an ODI series to Bangladesh for the second time since 2015. The Men in Blue have not won a major ICC title since the 2013 Champions Trophy win.

3 Former Indian Players Who Can Replace Rahul Dravid As India’s Coach For T20Is 

Ravi Shastri

Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri (PC-Getty Images)

Ravi Shastri was made the coach in 2017. The former cricketer took the Asian giants to the top of the Test rankings with Virat Kohli as the captain. Although the odds of his re-appointment are very little, Ravi Shastri could be given the opportunity based on his man management and his ability to gel well with young players.

Ravi Shastri had initially become the director of the Indian cricket team in 2014 for a period of eight months from India’s tour of England till the 2015 World Cup, alongside Duncan Fletcher. He then had sole responsibility till 2016 and at the 2016 World T20 saw the Men in Blue reach the semifinals again.

The team also briefly held the No 1 rank in Tests around February 2016. Ravi Shastri was removed in 2016 when Anil Kumble took over but on July 13, 2017, he was appointed officially the head coach of the Men in Blue, reuniting with Virat Kohli to forge a vibrant partnership. Ravi Shastri’s tenure as the head coach ended with the national side’s exit from the 2021 T20 World Cup, in the UAE.

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