With Ravi Shastri’s extended coaching tenure coming to an end with the upcoming T20 World Cup BCCI were in a look out for Team Indian’s next coach. Latest developments claim Rahul Dravid is likely to be appointed as Team India’s head coach from the upcoming home New Zealand series till 2023.
It just wasn’t Rahul Dravid straightaway, Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman were frontrunners for the post but few members in the BCCI didn’t want to get back Anil Kumble after the 2017 episode. Then there were talks of BCCI looking for a foreign coach where Tom Moody and Mahela Jayawardene were in contention. Rahul Dravid was given the offer by the BCCI but he’d denied as he wished to continue his work at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
BCCI Secretary, Jay Shah and BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly held a meeting in Dubai where after several calls Rahul Dravid agreed to coach the Indian Men’s senior team. Rahul Dravid was re-appointed as the Head of National Cricket Academy (NCA) last month but he’ll be stepping down as BCCI needed a strong candidate going forward. Dravid’s trusted Paras Mhambrey will be appointed as India’s bowling coach, both Dravid and Paras know the next lot of players coming in well and BCCI felt this duo will be the best at present to go with. Rahul Dravid will be on a two-year contract with the BCCI. There’s no official confirmation on this but top BCCI officials and several reports have confirmed the development.
Nick Webb, Team India’s strength and conditioning coach has also informed BCCI that he’ll not be seeking extension in his contract and wants to quit his job. He’s put his family first following strict covid guidelines in place in New Zealand. He’ll be stepping down after the T20 World Cup and might be back after a few months off time.
It’s believed that Vikram Rathore (current batting coach) will continue to hold his post and on the fielding coach there isn’t much yet, R Sridhar is India’s fielding coach at present. The new coaching step-up will take charge from the upcoming home New Zealand series that’s just after the T20 World Cup.
On the upcoming New Zealand series there are talks of many senior men being rested as they’ve been in bubbles for nearly an year now without any break, that’ll see a lot of youngsters in the mix. Ruturaj Gaikwad, Avesh Khan, Venkatesh Iyer and many more will feature in India’s squad for the T20I’s.