New Delhi: With Ravi Shastri’s coaching tenure coming to an end, Rahul Dravid will take over the reins, and a new era of Indian cricket is all set to begin under his guidance in the upcoming weeks.
Under his stint as head coach, the 59-year old Shastri has taken Indian cricket to great heights, especially in red-ball cricket. And, BCCI has rightly appointed Dravid to take Indian cricket forward in upcoming years.
Outgoing Shastri also hailed the appointment of his replacement, saying that the experienced Dravid can set a higher bar for this ‘great team’.
“I think in Rahul Dravid they’ve got a guy I would say has inherited a great team, and with his statute and experience, he can only raise the bar for this team with time to come,” said Shastri on the last day of his assignment.
Dravid has been a key member in the Indian cricketing setup in the last one decade or so. Under his coaching, India reached two Under-19 World Cup finals, losing one (to West Indies in 2016) and winning one (against Australia in 2018). Later, he also took charge as director of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and is credited for delivering young Indian talent.
At the NCA, Dravid helped set up a process for injury management and rehabilitation, as well as training programs for coaches across the country, and developed roadmaps for age-group, men’s and women’s cricket.
Dravid, who has featured in 164 Tests and 344 ODIs, will take charge for a two-year period and his stint will commence with the home series against New Zealand, which is slated to start from November 17.