Putting an end to all speculations and uncertainties, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has officially announced the extension of Rahul Dravid‘s contract as the head coach of Team India. The decision comes in the wake of mixed views regarding Dravid’s future following India’s disappointing loss in the ODI World Cup 2023 final against Australia.

Mixed reactions post-world cup regarding Rahul Dravid’s future

After the ODI World Cup 2023, where the Men in Blue faced a defeat in the summit clash, there were divergent opinions about Dravid’s continuity as the head coach. Some experts speculated that BCCI might opt for a change, while others believed in the board’s commitment to the legendary cricketer.

Official confirmation: BCCI extends contracts

The board acknowledged Dravid’s instrumental role in shaping the Indian team and commended his exceptional professionalism. In an official media release, the BCCI stated, “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announces the extension of contracts for Head Coach Mr. Rahul Dravid and the Support Staff of Team India (Senior Men). The Board acknowledges Mr. Dravid’s instrumental role in moulding the Indian Team and commends his exceptional professionalism.”

The release also recognized the contribution of VVS Laxman, both as the Head of NCA (National Cricket Academy) and as the stand-in Head Coach. It highlighted the close working relationship between Dravid and Laxman, drawing parallels to their legendary on-field partnerships.

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“The Board also appreciates Mr. VVS Laxman for his exemplary roles as Head of NCA and as the stand-in Head Coach. Similar to their legendary on-field partnerships, Mr. Dravid and Mr. Laxman have worked closely in driving Indian Cricket forward,” the release added.

Dravid’s gratitude: Thanks to BCCI and family support

In response to the contract extension, Dravid expressed his gratitude to the BCCI, acknowledging the trust placed in him. He also appreciated the sacrifices and support from his family, recognizing their invaluable role behind the scenes. Dravid reflected on the past two years with Team India, emphasizing the camaraderie within the squad during the highs and lows.

“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. 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,” said Dravid.

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