After Shastri leaves, is Dravid the next Head Coach of Team India?

Ravi Shastri, Six Sports

Ravi Shastri, the current head coach, is set to leave the Indian cricket team after the T20 World Cup. According to a report, Ravi Shastri has already communicated the same to some of the top BCCI officials. Now the BCCI will invite applications for a new head coach after the T20 World Cup in UAE. 

Shastri and the likes of fielding coach R Sridhar, bowling coach Bharat Arun, and batting coach Vikram Rathour are also set to move on from their roles in the Indian team.

Ravi Shastri and his co-team members are also set to leave

The trio has been largely successful in transforming the face of the Indian side and has already entered into discussions with multiple IPL teams. Arun and Sridhar in particular have a huge amount of credit to their name, as Team India’s bowling and fielding standards have been amongst the best in the business over the past few years.

Ravi Shatri and his input as a coach

Ravi Shastri was first appointed as team manager in 2014 and was in the role until the 2016 T20 World Cup. Following Anil Kumble’s short period, Shastri returned after India’s 2017 Champions Trophy Final defeat to Pakistan. While India failed to win an ICC honor under his helm, the 59-year-old is credited for making Team India increasing their bench strength considerably.

Ravi Shastri, Six Sports

His work with youngsters, especially the rise of Rishabh Pant has also caught the eye. In his tenure, Team India won two series in Australia, West Indies, and Sri Lanka, while put in spirited efforts in South Africa and England. India reached the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup and the ICC World Test Championship final, both of which ended in a defeat.

Dravid is the favourite candidate to become the next Indian Men’s Team head coach

Some officials have pointed to Rahul Dravid as the best choice. The former Indian batsman was the head coach during the recently concluded tour of Sri Lanka. Dravid has done considerable work with the U-19 and ‘A’ teams and the NCA. Dravid’s contract at the NCA itself expires in September, and a potential opportunity awaits for The Wall.

Ravi Shastri, Six Sports

The BCCI have already handed out invitations for Dravid’s role at NCA, suggesting that a succession plan is in place after the T20 World Cup. During the tour of Sri Lanka, the former Indian captain however had revealed that he had not thought about leading the team full-time.

“I have enjoyed the experience of working with these guys, it has been great. I have not given any other thoughts to anything else. There are a lot of challenges in doing full-time roles, so I really don’t know,” Dravid said.

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