Team India’s ODI final against Australia could be the last match for Rahul Dravid as head coach.
Sources said that the legendary batsman, whose two-year contract ended with the conclusion of the World Cup, has decided not to continue as the full-time head coach of the Indian team and has communicated the same to the BCCI. Dravid is set to be replaced by his former batting colleague in the Indian team and close friend VVS Laxman, who is currently the head coach of a second-string Indian team which is taking Australia in a five-match T20I series.
Laxman is also the head of the BCCI’s National Cricket Academy (NCA) and was the interim head coach of the Indian team during the T20I series in Ireland before the ODI World Cup and the white-ball series against New Zealand after the T20 World Cup last year.
“Laxman has expressed his keenness for the job. During the World Cup, Laxman travelled to Ahmedabad to meet the BCCI’s top bosses in this regard. He’s likely to sign up a long-term contract as Team India coach, and will certainly travel with the team in that capacity for the upcoming tour of South Africa, which will be his first as full-time head coach,” a source said. The first T20I against South Africa is scheduled for December 10, and the team is likely to depart by December 4.
Dravid had been appointed as head coach in November 2021 on a two-year term which ended with World Cup.
Dravid’s two-year stint saw India lose in the T20 World Cup semifinals in Australia, triumph in the Asia Cup, reach the ODI World Cup final, win the home Test series against Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand, and the away series in Bangladesh and West Indies. There were home T20I series wins against Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Sri Lanka too.