The Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sulakshana Naik and RP Singh on Wednesday unanimously appointed 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. The BCCI had invited applications for the said position on October 26 to appoint Mr Ravi Shastri’s successor, whose term gets over after the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup.
The Board congratulated Shastri (former Team Director & Head Coach), Bharat Arun (Bowling Coach), R Sridhar (Fielding Coach) and Vikram Rathour (Batting Coach) on a successful tenure.
Under Shastri, the Indian Cricket Team adopted a bold and fearless approach and performed creditably both in-home and away conditions. India climbed to the top position in the Test format and made it to the final of the inaugural World Test Championship in England.India became the first Asian team to win a Test series in Australia (2018-19) and followed it with another series win in 2020-21.
India were also the first team to win all 5 T20Is in a bilateral series when it blanked New Zealand 5-0. Under Shastri and his team`s guidance, India won all their seven Test series at home.
NEWS : Mr Rahul Dravid appointed as Head Coach – Team India (Senior Men)
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 3, 2021
Congratulations Rahul Dravid for becoming the coach of Indian Men’s Cricket Team. Indian players will be hugely benefitted with his vast experience. Wishing him the very best to take Indian cricket to greater heights.
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) November 3, 2021
Indian cricket needs to start a process of transition and they couldn’t have got a better person to be in the thick of that process than Rahul Dravid.
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) November 3, 2021
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) November 3, 2021
I think Rahul Dravid is going to make a fantastic head coach for #India …
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 3, 2021
Wishing Rahul Dravid all the best in his journey as India’s head coach.
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) November 3, 2021
On his appointment Rahul Dravid, Head Coach, Team India said, “It is an absolute honour to be appointed as the new Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team and I am really looking forward to this role. Under Mr Shastri, the team has done very well, and I hope to work with the team to take this forward. Having worked closely with most of the boys either at NCA, U19 and India A setup, I know they have the passion and desire to improve every day. There are some marquee multi-team events in the next two years, and I look forward to working with the players and the support staff to achieve our potential.”
As soon as the news broke on social media, twitter went crazy with congratulatory tweets pouring in for Dravid. Here are some of the chosen ones:
With inputs from ANI