Rahul Dravid appointed as Team India head coach, set to take charge from New Zealand series

After the upcoming T20 World Cup in the UAE, Rahul Dravid will take over as head coach of the national men’s team for the forthcoming home series against New Zealand, which begins on November 17. The decision was taken by the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee, which included former India Women wicketkeeper Sulakshana Naik and former India bowler RP Singh.

The BCCI cited Dravid as stating, “It is an incredible honour to be named as the next head coach of the Indian cricket team; I am genuinely looking forward to this position. Under Mr. (Ravi) Shastri’s leadership, the team has performed admirably, and I look forward to working with him to continue this trend. Having worked directly with the majority of the guys at the NCA, U19, and India A levels, I know they are driven to develop every day. In the next two years, there are some major multi-team events, and I’m looking forward to working with the players and support personnel to reach our full potential.”

Dravid’s appointment was expected to be a formality after he submitted a formal application for the role following discussions with former India teammate and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, as well as the board’s senior brass, on the sidelines of the IPL finals in Dubai last month. Since 2019, Dravid has served as the director of the BCCI’s National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, and prior to that, he was the coach of both the India Under-19 and A sides. Dravid led India to two Under-19 World Cup finals, losing one (against West Indies in 2016) and winning the other (against Australia in 2018).

Dravid took over as interim head coach for the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka in July. The series was staged concurrently with Shastri’s men’s Test tour of England. Since then, rumours have circulated that Dravid will take over full-time after Shastri’s reapplication was denied due to the BCCI’s age criteria.