Rahul Dravid set to become Team India head coach till ODI World Cup 2023

Rahul Dravid is all set to be appointed as the new head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team replacing Ravi Shastri, whose tenure ends after the upcoming T20 World Cup in UAE. The 48-year-old Dravid, who is one of the greatest batsmen ever to play for India, has been in charge of the India…

Rahul Dravid set to become Team India head coach till ODI World Cup 2023

Rahul Dravid is all set to be appointed as the new head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team replacing Ravi Shastri, whose tenure ends after the upcoming T20 World Cup in UAE.

The 48-year-old Dravid, who is one of the greatest batsmen ever to play 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 Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari and Shubman Gill have made their way into the senior team through the system prepared by him.

He is currently the head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru and will quit the job after taking over the coaching role of Team India.

“Yes, Rahul has agreed to coach the Indian team till 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.

Meanwhile, Paras Mhambrey is likely to be the new bowling coach while Vikram Rathour would continue as batting coach.

According to media reports, the BCCI is offering Dravid a significant hike in salary, which will be more than his NCA remuneration as well as Shastri’s current pay cheque. The biggest reason to bring Dravid and Mhambrey on board is to ensure that in coming two years, when the transition of the Indian men’s team happens, the changing of nucleus is smooth.

“Rohit [Sharma] will be 35 next year, Virat [Kohli] is days away from his 33rd birthday. Apart from them Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Ajinkya Rahane are all fantastic players but at some point during next two years, they will be phased out. “The players who are set to come in are mostly from the U-19 set-up. So it’s imperative that Dravid is appointed,” the source added further.

Earlier this year, Dravid was the head coach of a second-string Indian side that toured Sri Lanka while the main team was in England.

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Dwayne Bravo pokes fun at Kieron Pollard as CSK star claims 16th T20 title

On Friday, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) won their fourth title, defeating Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 27 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 final at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. It was a special moment for the Super Kings as they made a comeback in the fourteenth season of the cash-rich league after failing…

Dwayne Bravo pokes fun at Kieron Pollard as CSK star claims 16th T20 title

On Friday, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) won their fourth title, defeating Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 27 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 final at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

It was a special moment for the Super Kings as they made a comeback in the fourteenth season of the cash-rich league after failing to qualify for the playoffs in the previous edition. Like every CSK player, it was a cherishing moment for star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo as he set a new world record to bag his 16th T20 title.

Not only this, but Bravo also went past his good friend and West Indies teammate Kieron Pollard as both cricketers were tied on 15 titles each before the 2nd leg of IPL 2021 began in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

After the match, Bravo took a sly dig at Pollard and reminded the Windies skipper that he has some catching up to do. It all happened after commentator Simon Doull asked Bravo, “DJ, have you text Kieron yet”?

To this, Bravo answered and said: “Well, the first thing I’m going to do when I turn on my phone – let Kieron Pollard know this is the 16th. He has some catching up to do.”

Most T20 titles:

  • 16 – Dwayne Bravo
  • 15 – Kieron Pollard
  • 12 – Shoaib Malik
  • 10 – Rohit Sharma
  • 9 – Lasith Malinga

Speaking about the turnaround of CSK, Bravo credited the success to the team management. The West Indies star heaped praises on Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad for a consistent run in the fourteenth season.

“Belief in the squad from management, owners. After last season was really disappointed. Owed it to the franchise, the fans to come up with a better performance. Don’t get nervous (coming into a final). Have had a good performance in different phases of the tournament. Faf and Ruturaj stand out for us. To have these two guys scoring over 500 runs together. Experience beats youth any day,” added Bravo.

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