Former Indian cricketer and captain of the Indian national team, Rahul Dravid is all set to take over as the head coach of the Indian men’s national cricket team, according to media reports. Dravid has agreed to become the coach of the senior team and he is in line to take over once Ravi Shastri finishes up at the end of the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Dravid is currently the Head of NCA where he was appointed by BCCI in 2019. He will take over as the Indian coach after the T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman, scheduled to be held from October 17 to November 14. As per media reports, discussions have been conducted by BCCI officials and Dravid. The decision came out after that and if all goes smooth, the application and interview process that will follow may become a procedural formality.
“Dravid has confirmed he will be the next head coach of the Indian team. Dravid will be stepping down as the Head of NCA soon and the other positions will now be looked into while Vikram (Rathour) stays as the batting coach. We will be bringing out the advertisements for the head coach very soon. I think we have been able to convince Rahul that he should now move forward to work actively with the Indian national team,” a BCCI official said.
The current coach Ravi Shastri will step down from the post as his contract ends with the T20 World Cup that gets underway on Sunday. Meanwhile, current Indian captain Virat Kohli will also be stepping down as the side’s captain in the shortest format after the upcoming T20 World Cup. Moreover. Paras Mhambrey will join Dravid’s staff as the bowling coach of the team, reported Times of India.
Dravid had recently coached a second-string Indian team to a tour of Sri Lanka even as the national senior team was playing concurrently in England. Dravid has scored 24,177 runs in international cricket and is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. He is colloquially known as Mr. Dependable and often referred to as The Wall by Indian cricket followers.