Last Updated : 30 Nov, 2023 06:03 AM
New Delhi: The BCCI has announced the extension of the contracts of Indian cricket team head coach Rahul Dravid and his assistant coaches.
Rahul Dravid, the former captain of the Indian cricket team, was appointed as the head coach of the Indian team after the 2021 T20 World Cup series. His 2-year contract period ended with the recently concluded ICC ODI series. In this case, BCCI announced yesterday that it will extend the contract period of Rahul Dravid.
Along with him, the contracts of his assistant coaches Vikram Rathore (batting), D. Dilip (fielding) and Paras Mambre (bowling) have also been extended. The Indian cricket team under the guidance of Rahul Dravid has been showing great performance in the last two years. They had advanced to the finals of the ICC World Test Championship. Finished 2nd in the recently concluded World Cup series.
Rahul Dravid, who will continue as the coach of the Indian team for the 2nd time, will start his new innings from the tour of South Africa next month. The Indian team will travel to South Africa early next week for a series of 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 2 Tests. The T20 series starts on December 10 and the ODIs on December 17. Following this, the first Test match will be held on December 26 in Centurion.
The Indian team will return home after completing the tour of South Africa and participate in a 5-Test series against England. The series starts at the end of January and ends in the 2nd week of March.
Rahul Dravid says, “The last two years with the Indian team have been unforgettable. Together, we’ve seen our ups and downs. And the support and camaraderie within the team throughout this journey has been extraordinary. I’m really proud of the culture we’ve set up in the players’ lounge. It is a culture that stands resiliently in moments of success or adversity. The skills and talent our team has is amazing. What we emphasized was to follow the correct process and go along with our training methods. This has a direct impact on the overall result.
Thanks to BCCI for believing in me, recognizing my vision and supporting me during this period. I deeply appreciate the sacrifices and support of my family. Their role behind the scenes is immense. As we take on new challenges after the World Cup, we are determined to continue to excel,” he said.