Rahul Dravid has agreed to take over as the head coach of the Indian men’s national
cricket team, according to media reports.
The development happened in Dubai when BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and
secretary Jay Shah held a meeting with Dravid and persuaded him to become the
coach of the Indian team after the T20 World Cup in UAE.
“Rahul Dravid has confirmed he will be the next head coach of the Indian team.
He will be stepping down as the head of the NCA soon,” a top BCCI official told TOI
on Friday night after the IPL final.
The 48-year-old Dravid, one of the greatest ever to have played for India, has been in
charge of the India A and U-19 set-up for the past six years and a lot of players such
as Rishabh Pant, Avesh Khan, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, and Shubman Gill have
come through the system prepared by him. He currently heads the National Cricket
Academy in Bengaluru.
“Yes, Rahul has agreed to coach the Indian team till the 2023 World Cup. Initially,
he was reluctant but it is understood that president Sourav Ganguly and secretary
Jay Shah had a meeting with Rahul on the sidelines of the IPL final where they were
able to convince him,” a BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
“It won’t be an interim role,” he added. Dravid’s trusted lieutenant Paras Mhambrey is
expected to be the bowling coach while Vikram Rathour is likely to continue as
However, it is understood that the BCCI will nonetheless give an advertisement for
the position to ensure that due process is followed.
Having seen Ravi Shastri achieve a lot of success, the BCCI was always keen on
appointing an Indian coach but there were only a few of stature.
One former Indian captain and stalwart had already refused to become the coach in
the current team set-up as Virat Kohli still remains the Test and ODI captain