Following the humiliating exit from the ICC T20 World Cup, a revamped Team India departed for New Zealand for a limited-overs tour that included three T20Is and as many ODIs. Some senior players and coaching staff decided to take some rest and prepare for the important Bangladesh Test series, which is part of the ICC Test Championship.
VVS Laxman has replaced Rahul Dravid as the interim head coach of the Indian cricket team for their six-match series in New Zealand. This is not the first time that the Dravid-led coaching staff has been absent; Laxman managed operations when India toured Zimbabwe and Ireland this year. Dravid was absent when India beat South Africa at home last month.
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Speaking to Prime Video on Sunday during the second ODI between India and New Zealand about how much of an impact Laxman can make during this short series, Jadeja made a comment about Rahul Dravid taking a break. He believes that two and a half months of IPL rest is enough for a coach whose job is only for a limited time.
“Coaches don’t need a break. You get a break for two or two-and-a-half months in the IPL. I mean they are my friends. Vikram Rathour and I go back a long way. Dravid has been a great cricketer for India. I mean, no disrespect for them. But this is a job you do for a couple of years and you give in everything like the players. So not for rest but if it is anything else then…,” Jadeja said.
Kapur then stated that because the Bangladesh series will begin immediately after the ODI series in New Zealand, Dravid decided to skip the New Zealand tour in order to be with the Indian Test team. However, Jadeja replied that several of the Test team’s players are currently involved in the ODI series, with only four days between the two series.
VVS Laxman took over as interim head coach of the Indian cricket team, and Hrishikesh Kanitkar and Sairaj Bahutule replaced Vikram Rathour and Paras Mhambrey as batting and bowling coaches for the white-ball series against New Zealand. Dravid, Rathour, and Mhambrey will return to coaching duties when India leaves for Bangladesh for an ODI and Test series starting on December 4.
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