Rahul Dravid started his international coaching with a victory as the Indian team’s head coach.
India defeated New Zealand by five wickets in the first T20I at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
Rahul Dravid starts with a win against NZ in 1st T20I
Suryakumar Yadav (62) and Rohit Sharma (48) helped India to chase the score of 165 in the final over.
Dravid took over the reins from Ravi Shastri, whose tenure ended at the end of the T20 World Cup.
Dravid’s reputation in his coaching career got boom with his management of Under-19 players, and he also was the coach of India A teams.
Many players like Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar, Deepak Chahar, Prithvi Shaw, and Ruturaj Gaikwad have been Dravid’s hard work products.
Dravid comes at a period where the Indian team is in need of a drastic transition in their system after not being able to qualify for the semi-final of ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
I hope and pray that this era is a good one for Indian cricket: Gautam Gambhir on Rahul Dravid-Rohit Sharma
Former Indian player Gautam Gambhir said that people should have reasonable expectations from Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma‘s new era.
Gambhir also said that things would take time to come at place but backed Dravid’s personal experience and his ability as a coach.
“See, I hope and pray that this era is a good one for Indian cricket, but it is important that we also keep our expectations reasonable. It is not like everything will be changed in the matter of a single day or a single series,” Gambhir told Sports Tak.
“But, the experience Rahul Dravid has with Rohit Sharma’s calmness, and if Dravid shares his experience and his discipline when he was a member of the team as a player and manages to put that work ethic into the squad, no doubt this era will be good since Dravid has experience playing at the big stages,” he added.
India will play the second T20I against New Zealand on Friday at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.