Former India captain Rahul Dravid has been appointed the Head Coach of the Indian cricket team, the BCCI announced on Wednesday.
Rahul Dravid will replace Ravi Shastri, whose tenure will come to an end after the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE. He will take up the role in a full-time capacity from the home series against New Zealand, starting November 17.
This announcement by the board is apparently just an official confirmation about the appointment as the rumours of Rahul Dravid becoming the next head coach have been going on for weeks.
“The Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Ms Sulakshana Naik and Mr RP Singh on Wednesday unanimously appointed Mr Rahul Dravid as the Head Coach of Team India (Senior Men). The former India captain will take charge from the upcoming home series against New Zealand,” the BCCI said in a release.
It is an absolute honour: Rahul Dravid
The 48year-old recently coached India to ODI and T20I series in Sri Lanka when Shastri was in England with the Test side.
In his statement, the legendary batsman praised the success of Team India under Shastri and also highlighted his understanding of the current group of players having worked with them at different levels.
“It is an absolute honour to be appointed as the new Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team and I am really 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. 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,” Rahul Dravid said.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly commended Rahul Dravid for his services to the NCA over the years and welcomed him into this new role.
“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,” Ganguly said.
India host New Zealand for 3 T20I, starting November 17, followed by 2 Tests. After that, the team will fly to South Africa for an all-format tour.