Former Indian batsman Rahul Dravid has officially been appointed as Indian Men’s head coach and will take over after the conclusion of the ongoing T20 World Cup in the UAE.
Dravid’s first assignment will be the home series against New Zealand which will begin on November 17. His appointment was almost a foregone conclusion once he decided to apply for the role. Dravid has always been BCCI‘s top candidate for the role.
“It is an absolute honour to be appointed as the new head coach of the Indian cricket team, I am really looking forward to this role. Under Mr (Ravi) Shastri, the team has done very well, and I hope to work with the team to take this forward,” Dravid’s statement read in BCCI release.
To take on the coaching role of the national team, Dravid had to give up the position as the head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA). He has worked with plenty of youngsters there and has also coached the U-19 and India A squads.
“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,” Dravid added.
Under Shastri, India failed to win a single ICC tournament which will continue to be a blotch on an otherwise successful stint as the head coach. Dravid’s tenure is also expected to be judged based on how the team performs in the multi-nation ICC tournaments.
Twitter was excited following Rahul Dravid’s appointment:
I think Rahul Dravid is going to make a fantastic head coach for #India …
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 3, 2021
Welcome #RahulDravid. The expectations are high but then they always were with you.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 3, 2021
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) November 3, 2021
— Lord's Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) November 3, 2021
— DHONIsm™ ❤️ (@DHONIism) November 3, 2021
It's official. Rahul Sharad Dravid is the new head coach of the Indian team.
Vaanam vidinjiduchu kaasu da molatha maamey!! 🥳 pic.twitter.com/0p11AjKA4R
— Srini Mama (@SriniMaama16) November 3, 2021
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) November 3, 2021
Congratulations Rahul Dravid for becoming the coach of Indian Men’s Cricket Team. Indian players will be hugely benefitted with his vast experience. Wishing him the very best to take Indian cricket to greater heights.
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) November 3, 2021
Wishing Rahul Dravid all the best in his journey as India’s head coach.
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) November 3, 2021
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Rahul Dravid appointed the head Coach.
Truly a #HappyDiwali 🙂
— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) November 3, 2021
Brahmin Rahul Dravid will coach the team India and Brahmin Rohit Sharma will lead the team India.
BCCI or Brahmin Cricket Control India?
— Jahazi (@Oye_Jahazi) November 3, 2021
FINALLY GREAT CRICKET NEWS !!
RAHUL DRAVID New Head Coach Of Indian Cricket Team !!
— Sameet Thakkar (@thakkar_sameet) November 3, 2021
— Dhruvil Gajjar (@meggi_07) November 3, 2021
Indian cricket needs to start a process of transition and they couldn't have got a better person to be in the thick of that process than Rahul Dravid.
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) November 3, 2021
Rahul Dravid will have huge shows to fill, the things Ravi Shastri has done for Team India will be remembered forever. Iconic, historic, under-appreciated
— Sritama Panda (@cricketpun_duh) November 3, 2021
Rahul Dravid appointed new India head coach – Couldn't be happier. I expect a lot of bullshit will come to an end. Though, and I say this only out of curmudgeonly caution, he could take some odd decisions in his time. But player development will be elite.https://t.co/L0ObHikSCD
— Nikhil Mehra (@TweetinderKaul) November 3, 2021
The Wall is back to protect the Indian Team💙
Young Guns under him would be a treat to watch❤️
He defended as a batsman & as a coach he is back to defend the men in blues & bring back the glory 🐐
— 🇳🇿 KANE 🇳🇿 (@SteveMarnus) November 3, 2021
Rahul Dravid new head coach… of indian team I hope it turns out to be a very good chem between virat kohli and Rahul dravid.. I hope:-
1) virat can solve his technical problems and then may be he can again start scoring hundreds.
2) India lifts 2022 t20wc and 2023 odi WC
— rajarshi chatterjee (@rajarsh62289104) November 3, 2021