New Delhi. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) earlier this month confirmed the appointment of Rahul Dravid as the head coach of the Indian cricket team. Several reports had confirmed that Rahul Dravid was the first choice to take over as the head coach of Team India. In such a situation, following the standard procedure, BCCI appointed Rahul Dravid. The ICC Hall of Famer will hold the top post for the next 2 years. Like Ravi Shastri, Rahul Dravid’s contract can also be renewed if the team performs well under his guidance.
Recently, at the 40th Sharjah International Book Fair on the appointment of Rahul Dravid, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly jokingly said, ‘I got a call from Rahul Dravid’s son. He told me that his father Rahul is very strict with him and he needs to be removed. That’s when I called up Rahul (Dravid) and told him that it was time for him to join the national team. The Kolkata-born cricketer also revealed that it was easier for him to communicate with Dravid about the coaching job, as their friendship has lasted over the years.
Further, Sourav Ganguly revealed that since they played together, it was easy for him to welcome and wish Dravid. He said, ‘We grew up together, started at almost the same time and spent most of the time playing together. So it was easy for some of us to make them feel welcome and wanted.
Rahul Dravid has taken over the charge of Team India and has joined the Indian team in Jaipur. Here the ‘Men in Blue’ is to play the first T20 match against New Zealand on 17 November. India has to play 3 T20 Internationals and 2 Test matches against New Zealand. After this Team India will fly for the tour of South Africa.
Let us tell you that Rahul Dravid worked in the National Cricket Academy from 2019 to 2021 and lived in Bangalore. But he will be away from home for a long time, as Team India has a busy calendar. According to news agency PTI, VVS Laxman will be made the NCA chief in place of Rahul Dravid. The 47-year-old former Indian cricketer is currently a full-time commentator and part-time coach.