Rahul Dravid appointed as India's new head coach

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03 Nov 2021 | 03:55 PM
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Rahul Dravid appointed as India's new head coach

Former India captain Rahul Dravid will replace Ravi Shastri as the men's team's head coach from November 17

Rahul Dravid has been confirmed as India's new head coach by the BCCI on Wednesday. The former captain will succeed current head coach Ravi Shastri starting on November 17 with the home series against New Zealand.

The Cricket Advisory Committee comprising former India players Sulakshana Naik and RP Singh unanimously appointed Dravid as the head coach of senior men's team.

"It is an absolute honour to be appointed as the new Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team and I am really looking forward to this role," Dravid said in an official release.

The batting great hoped that his experience working with young players as the head of National Cricket Academy (NCA) and as the head coach of the U-19 team will help him in his new role.

"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," he added.

The BCCI had invited applications on October 26 as reports suggested that Dravid was the only candidate for the position. The legendary batter was the head coach of the Indian team for the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka in July.

Dravid's former teammate and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly expressed his delight at the appointment.

"The BCCI welcomes Rahul Dravid as the Head Coach of India’s senior men team. Rahul has had an illustrious playing career and is one of the greats of the game. He has also served Indian cricket as Head of National Cricket Academy (NCA) with distinction. Rahul’s effort at the NCA has nurtured several young cricketing talents who have gone on to represent the country at the international stage. I am hopeful that his new stint will take Indian cricket to new heights," Ganguly said.

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