Rahul Dravid’s first assignment as the head coach of Team India was in the T20I series vs NZ. Is
Rahul Dravid’s first assignment as the head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team will be the three-match T20I series against New Zealand, starting on Wednesday in Jaipur. Dravid, who was part of a joint press conference with T20I captain Rohit Sharma on Tuesday, spoke on a range of topics including his vision for the team, workload management and approach in the shortest format of the game. Dravid took charge of the team from Ravi Shastri, who had a successful stint as the team’s head coach, but could not win any ICC trophy.
There have been three ICC tournaments under Dravid’s tenure, including a T20I and ODI World Cup respectively, as well as the ICC World Test Championship.
Dravid enjoyed a great stint as a cricketer for India, becoming one of the country’s greatest batsmen. He captained India to Test series victories in England and the West Indies and is the fourth highest run-scorer in the history of Test cricket with 13288 runs in 164 matches. He scored over 10,000 runs in One Day Internationals and was part of the Indian team that reached the final of the 2003 ICC World Cup.
Given Dravid’s stature in the game, his past record as a player, and experience coaching the Under-19 and India A teams, many of the game’s greats believe he will take Indian cricket to new heights. Will go One of them is former India captain and great batsman Sunil Gavaskar.
“When he used to play we used to think that as long as Rahul Dravid is at the crease, the Indian batting is safe and sound. That’s why I believe that the new responsibility of head coach that will fall on him, he will be able to handle it that way,” Gavaskar said on Star Sports’ show ‘Follow the Blues’.
With so many youngsters in the Indian squad for the T20I series, it will be interesting to see how Dravid rises to the occasion and creates the next superstar of Indian cricket.
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