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Rahul Dravid to stay on as India coach

Rahul Dravid has been handed a new contract and will remain as head coach of India despite their World Cup final failure.

India swept all before them at the tournament they hosted only to come unstuck earlier this month against Australia, who clinched a six-wicket win on the back of Travis Head’s brilliant century.

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Dravid’s deal expired at the end of the World Cup but, following talks with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), he has agreed to stay on.

BCCI president Roger Binny said: “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.”

Dravid took over from Ravi Shastri in 2021 and has helped establish India as the number one side in all three formats.

His next assignment will be a tour of South Africa followed in January 2024 by a five-Test home series against England.

Dravid 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.”

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.
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