Rahul Dravid the new head coach of team India

Batting legend and former captain Rahul Dravid was on Wednesday officially appointed as the new head coach of the Indian cricket team, the BCCI announced. Dravid will take over the new role and will begin his tenure as India’s full-time coach from the homes series against New Zealand starting November 17.

“The Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Ms. Sulakshana Naik and Mr. RP Singh on Wednesday unanimously appointed Mr. 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,” a release sent out by the BCCI read.

Dravid will replace current coach Ravi Shastri, whose sting will come to an end after the end of the T20 World Cup. Shastri, who entered the Indian coaching set-up back in 2014 first as its manager, became the head coach in 2017 after the resignation of Anil Kumble, following his infamous fallout with captain Virat Kohli. Two years later, in 2019, Shastri was re-appointed as coach for a two-year-term, and the team played some breathtaking cricket under the former India all-rounder.

BCCI President Saurav Ganguly welcomed Dravid’s appointment and said: “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,” he added.

Meanwhile, the BCCI congratulated the outgoing staff of Ravi Shastri (former Team Director & Head Coach), B Arun (bowling coach), R Sridhar (fielding coach) and Vikram Rathour (batting coach) on a successful tenure.

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