In a significant move that reverberated through the cricketing world, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on November 29, 2023, the extension of contracts for Head Coach Rahul Dravid and the Support Staff of Team India (Senior Men). The decision comes on the heels of the recently concluded ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, where India showcased a commendable performance under Dravid’s guidance.
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Rahul Dravid’s Impact
Rahul Dravid, often hailed as ‘The Wall’ during his playing days, has fortified a similar legacy in his coaching role. The BCCI acknowledges Dravid’s instrumental role in shaping the Indian Team and commends his exceptional professionalism. President of BCCI, Mr. Roger Binny, lauded Dravid’s vision, professionalism, and unyielding efforts, citing them as crucial pillars in Team India’s recent successes.
Support Staff and Collaborative Success
The BCCI also extends its appreciation to VVS Laxman, the Head of NCA and stand-in Head Coach, highlighting the collaborative efforts between Laxman and Dravid, reminiscent of their legendary on-field partnerships. Their close collaboration has played a pivotal role in driving Indian Cricket forward.
Mr. Roger Binny, President, BCCI, said: “Mr. Rahul Dravid’s vision, professionalism, and unyielding efforts have been important pillars in Team India’s success. As Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team, you are always under immense scrutiny and I extend appreciation to him not only for embracing the challenges but for thriving in them. The performances of the Indian Team are a testament to his strategic guidance. I am delighted that he accepted the offer to remain the Head Coach, and it speaks of the mutual respect and shared vision between him and the BCCI. I have no doubt that under him, the team will continue its march to the pinnacle of success and set new benchmarks along the way.”
Mr. Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary, BCCI, said: “I had mentioned that there is no better person than Rahul Dravid to take over the role of Head Coach at the time of his appointment, and Mr. Dravid has proven himself again with his unparalleled commitment to excellence. Team India is now a formidable unit across formats, and our top ranking in all three formats directly reflects his vision, guidance, and the roadmap he charted for the team. Having won 10 consecutive games before the final, our World Cup campaign was nothing short of extraordinary, and the Head Coach deserves appreciation for setting up the right platform for the team to flourish. The Head Coach has our full backing, and we will provide him with all the support needed for sustained success at the international level.”
Mr. Rahul Dravid, Head Coach, Team India, said: “The last two years with Team India have been thoroughly memorable. Together, we have witnessed the highs and lows, and throughout this journey, the support and camaraderie within the group have been phenomenal. I am genuinely proud of the culture we have set in the dressing room. It’s a culture that stands resilient, whether in moments of triumph or adversity. The skills and talent that our team possesses are phenomenal, and what we’ve stressed is following the right process and sticking to our preparations, which has had a direct impact on the overall result.
“I thank the BCCI and the Office Bearers for placing their trust in me, endorsing my vision, and providing support during this period. The demands of this role necessitate considerable time away from home, and I deeply appreciate my family’s sacrifices and support. Their instrumental role behind the scenes has been invaluable. As we embrace new challenges post the World Cup, we remain committed to the pursuit of excellence.”
Future Challenges and Commitment to Excellence
As Dravid and Team India embrace new challenges post the World Cup, the focus remains on the pursuit of excellence. Dravid, recognizing the demands of his role, expressed deep appreciation for his family’s sacrifices and support, highlighting their invaluable role behind the scenes.