An absolute honour, says Dravid as new era dawns

Rahul Dravid’s (second from left) first challenge will be to lead India against New Zealand in a home series later this month. India will take on the Kiwis in three T20Is and two Test matches. — PTI file
Rahul Dravid’s (second from left) first challenge will be to lead India against New Zealand in a home series later this month. India will take on the Kiwis in three T20Is and two Test matches. — PTI file

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James Jose

Published: Wed 3 Nov 2021, 11:21 PM

Batting legend Rahul Dravid said that it was an “absolute honour” after being appointed as India’s next head coach.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed the appointment on Wednesday, just as India were taking on Afghanistan in a crucial encounter in the ICC T20 World Cup.

“The Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sulakshana Naik and RP Singh on Wednesday unanimously appointed Rahul Dravid as the Head Coach of Team India (Senior Men). The former India captain will take charge from the upcoming home series against New Zealand,” the BCCI said in a statement.

The BCCI had invited applications for the position on October 26 to appoint Ravi Shastri’s successor, whose term gets over after the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup.

“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 a statement.

“Under Ravi Shastri, the team has done very well, and I hope to work with the team to take this forward. 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.

Dravid’s first challenge will be to lead India against New Zealand in a home series later this month. India will take on the Kiwis in three T20Is and two Test matches.

Sourav Ganguly, BCCI president, was confident that his former teammate would bring about a great change.

“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.

Meanwhile, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said the team would dominate in all formats under Dravid.

“There is no better person than Rahul Dravid and I am delighted to see him being appointed as the Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team. With two World Cups scheduled to take place in the next two years, it is important to have a seamless transition, and the former India captain is the right man for the job,” Shah said.

“Having provided the much-needed direction to NCA and overseen the progression of the boys at India U-19 and India A level, we believe this is also a natural progression for him as a coach. I have no doubt that under him, the Indian team will dominate in all formats.”

Shah also announced that the board would soon make appointments of other coaching staff.

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