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Rahul Dravid Steps Down as Coach: Who Will Lead Team India to Victory Now?

Indian Cricket Team Coach: The Transition After ICC ODI World Cup 2023

Cricket in India has always been a matter of great pride and enthusiasm for the entire nation. In the recent ICC ODI World Cup 2023, the Indian cricket team delivered a spectacular performance, winning all five of their matches. The credit for this remarkable journey goes to none other than their head coach, Rahul Dravid. However, with the World Cup coming to an end, the focus is now shifting to the upcoming series against Australia.

The Post-World Cup Series

Following the ODI World Cup, Team India is set to play a T20 series against Australia within a week. During this series, it’s expected that VVS Laxman, the head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), may take over as the coach. Rahul Dravid’s tenure as the main coach will come to an end with the World Cup, making way for this transition. The T20 series against Australia is scheduled to start on November 23rd in Visakhapatnam.

Will Rahul Reapply?

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has the option to invite Rahul Dravid to reapply for the position, as per the rules. It will be intriguing to see if the 51-year-old Dravid is willing to continue as the head coach of the national team. This role comes with a lot of responsibility, including extensive travel, and substantial pressure. Additionally, there is the possibility of Dravid returning to the Indian Premier League (IPL) to coach teams like the Delhi Capitals and the Rajasthan Royals. The IPL has now expanded to accommodate ten teams, offering a potential opportunity for his comeback.

Suryakumar’s Absence

During the World Cup, it is highly likely that the entire team will receive a break, especially after traveling over 10,000 kilometers. The BCCI hasn’t disclosed names, but there’s a strong likelihood of players, including Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Lokesh Rahul, and Jasprit Bumrah, being rested for the series against South Africa. India is set to play three T20 matches, as well as an equal number of ODIs and test matches against South Africa. If Laxman takes over as the coach, Sridharan Sriram may be in charge of batting coaching. It is also possible that Sriram will fulfill a coaching role during India ‘A’ South Africa tour.

Conclusion

The Indian cricket team’s transition phase following the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 is poised to bring about significant changes. The coach, Rahul Dravid, has played an integral role in the team’s success, and it remains to be seen whether he will continue his coaching journey. With a busy schedule ahead, including a series against Australia and South Africa, India’s cricketing landscape is set for an exciting transformation.