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Batting legend and former captain Rahul Dravid was on Wednesday officially appointed as the new head coach of the Indian cricket team, the BCCI announced. Dravid will take over the new role and will begin his tenure as Indias full-time coach from the homes series against New Zealand starting November 17.
"The Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Ms. Sulakshana Naik and Mr. RP Singh on Wednesday unanimously appointed Mr. 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," a release sent out by the BCCI read.
"The BCCI welcomes Rahul Dravid as the Head Coach of Indias senior men team. Rahul has had an illustrious playing career and is one of the greats of the game. He has also served Indian cricket as Head of National Cricket Academy (NCA) with distinction," BCCI president and Dravids former teammate, Sourav Ganguly said.
After ending his association with the Royals, the former middle-order batter took charge as the head coach of the India U-19 and India A teams. Dravid made immense progress in his maiden stint as U-19 coach as the team stood runners-up in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in 2016. It was the first time talents such as Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan and Washington Sundar were unearthed.
Meanwhile, the BCCI congratulated the outgoing staff of Ravi Shastri (former Team Director & Head Coach), B 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,” the board said in a statement released.
“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 was also the first team to win all 5 T20Is in a bilateral series when it blanked New Zealand 5-0. Under Mr Shastri and his team’s guidance, India won all their seven Test series at home,” it added.