T20 World Cup will be my last as India coach, says Dravid

Thursday 06th June 2024 02:25 EDT

Rahul Dravid confirmed that the T20 World Cup will be his last tournament as head coach of the Indian cricket team. Dravid’s announcement was anticipated as he was not expected to reapply for the high-profile job after the BCCI invited the applications last month. Kolkata Knight Riders’ mentor Gautam Gambhir is the front runner to replace Dravid.

Speaking to reporters ahead of India’s opener against Ireland, Dravid said he enjoyed every bit of his coaching tenure. “Every tournament is important. Every game that I’ve coached for India has been very important for me. So for me this is no different just because it is going to be the last one that I’m in charge of,” he said when asked if this tournament held more significance as it was his last one in charge of the team.

The former India captain had taken charge of the team in Nov 2021 following the T20 World Cup that year. “I love doing the job. I’ve really enjoyed coaching India and I think it’s a truly special job to do. I enjoyed working with this team and it’s a great bunch of boys to work with but yeah but just considering you know unfortunately the just the kind of schedules and where I find myself in the stage in my life I don’t think I’ll be able to reapply.

“So yeah, obviously it’ll be my last one but having said that it’s no different for me to be very honest. From the first day I took the job, I always felt that every game was important and every game mattered and that will not change,” he asserted.

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