Rahul Dravid Announces Last Dance as India Head Coach  

Reported by Gungun


Rahul Dravid, India’s head coach, confirmed on Monday that the current T20 World Cup will be his final assignment with the national team. He expressed doubts about re-applying for the position due to the demanding schedule.


This is going to be my last one,” Dravid said before India’s first game against Ireland in New York. “Given the schedule and where I am in my life, I don’t think I’ll be able to re-apply. So, this will be my last tournament.”


Dravid took over as head coach in November 2021. His initial contract ended after the 2023 ODI World Cup but was extended until June 2024 after India’s strong campaign, which saw them reach the final before losing to Australia.


In April, the BCCI invited applications for the head coach role, and Secretary Jay Shah mentioned that Dravid could re-apply. However, Dravid now says that’s unlikely.


When asked if this being his last tournament made it special, Dravid responded in his typical calm manner. “It’s no different for me. I love doing the job and I’ve enjoyed coaching India. It’s a special role, working with a great bunch of boys,” he said. “From day one, I’ve treated every game as important, and that won’t change now.”


Former India opener Gautam Gambhir, who recently led KKR to their third IPL title as a mentor, is seen as a strong candidate to succeed Dravid. Gambhir has shown keen interest in the role.


I would love to coach the Indian team. Representing 140 crore Indians is the greatest honor. It’s not just me; it’s 140 crore Indians who will help India win the World Cup,” Gambhir said at a recent event.


Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting transition in Indian cricket!

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