India Appoint Dravid as head coach

BCCI has appointed Rahul Dravid to succeed Ravi Shastri as head coach of India’s men’s senior cricket team. The appointment was made shortly after Shastri announced he would not extend his contract after the T20 World Cup.

Known as one of the greats, Dravid played in 164 tests and scored 13,288 runs and 3044 Odi’s scored 10,889.

Since retiring from the match in 2012, the former Indian captain has coached India U19, which won the World Cup in 2018. He also mentored the IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals in the 2014 season.

After receiving the new role as head coach, The Wall was pleased with BCCI’s decision and said it was an ‘absolute honor’ to get the role.

“I’m really looking forward to this role. Under Shastri, the team has done very well and I hope to work with the team to bring this forward, he added.

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As Kohli stops as T20 captain after the World Cup, the burden is likely on Rohit Sharma, who will be captain of the team in the upcoming series against New Zealand. Sharma led the Mumbai Indians to five IPL titles plus the Champions League in 2013, which was his first season in charge of the franchise.

This move can give Kohli some rest from the pressure of captain in all three formats. After the two rounds of the IPL plus the long tour in England, one could clearly see that the 32-year-old looked burnt out by the pressure of leading the country in all three formats, which could have been a factor in their disappointing tournament in the UAE.

India will play a home series against the T20 World Cup semi-finalists New Zealand. It would be interesting to see how the team performs under Sharma’s new leadership.

As for Dravid, his job will be to continue the legacy that Shastri has left behind and hopefully build on it.

What will the future hold for Team India under Dravid?

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