Rahul Dravid exposes BCCI's dual face a day after Gautam Gambhir replaces him as India's Head Coach

Published - 10 Jul 2024, 11:19 AM | Updated - 10 Jul 2024, 11:41 AM

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Rahul Dravid Jay Shah. Photo Credit: (Twitter)

Rahul Dravid who recently ended his tenure as Team India head coach has turned down his bonus after coaching the team to a T20 World Cup win. According to reports, the BCCI wanted to offer him a bonus of five crores but he has reduced half of it.

Rahul Dravid decided to take just 2.5 crores and opted for equal play as was given to his other support staff. The Indian players, on the other hand, were given a cash prize of 5 crores each. 

David's request was to ensure that he gets similar money that is aligned with his other support staff as well namely, Paras Mhambrey, the bowling coach, Vikram Rathour the batting coach and T Dilip the fielding coach. 

"Rahul wanted the same bonus money (Rs. 2.5 crore) as the rest of his support staff (bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, fielding coach T Dilip and batting coach Vikram Rathore). We respect his sentiments," a BCCI source said, as per a Hindustan Times report. 

The report further stated that out of the 125 crore total prize money, the BCCI allocated five crores to each of the 15 members of India's T20 World Cup winning squad. 2.5 crores were to be given to each support staff while selectors and traveling members of the squad would get Rs 1 crore each.

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Rahul Dravid Turns Down Bonus Money

This is not the first time Rahul Dravid has turned down a bonus for himself. During India's 2018 India U-19 World Cup win, Dravid refused a bonus for himself. At that time, the BCCI offered him a bonus of 50 lakhs. The support staff was paid 30 lakhs each while the players were paid 20 lakhs each.

Rahul Dravid has had a memorable tenure as India's head coach taking the team to newer heights. Under him, India won the Test series against Australia at home, the Test series against England at home followed by ODI series wins against Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, and South Africa at home—his biggest achievement as coach was winning the T20 World Cup 2024.

Among his failures remained the T20 World Cup 2022 semi-final loss, the WTC 2023 final loss, the ODI World Cup final loss, and the Test series loss to South Africa away from home after initially leading the series 1-0. Dravid's tenure came to an end in June 2023 after India's T20 World Cup win. 

Regarding his tenure Dravid said "I'm someone who actually likes continuity and don't like to chop and change too many things because I believe that creates a lot of instability and doesn't create a very good environment," said Dravid in a video posted by BCCI on Saturday.

"I feel that I am a part of the team whose responsibility is to create the right professional, safe, secure environment that doesn't really have a fear of failure as such but is challenging enough to push people. That has always been my endeavour" he further said. 

Gautam Gambhir Replaces Rahul Dravid Asd Next India Head Coach

The BCCI announced Gautam Gambhir as the next head coach of the Indian cricket team. His appointment was confirmed on Tuesday. He will start his tenure with the tour to Sri Lanka featuring 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is from July 27. Earlier this year, he led KKR to their third IPL title as the mentor of the side.

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