The former Indian skipper and batsman Rahul Dravid, who was rumoured to be the next coach of the Indian Cricket team, officially applied for the post on Tuesday. After this move, it becomes very clear that he is going to be the next Coach for sure, as there are no other names in the fray that are bigger than him. And the fact that he was already the preferred choice of BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah, seals his fate as the Indian team’s coach.
Dravid, the current NCA head, met the BCCI officials during the finals of IPL. In that meeting, he was offered the role by Ganguly and Shah, after Shastri would step down from the position after the ongoing T20 World Cup citing “slowing in down in life” as his reason for the step. One of the BCCI officials told PTI on Tuesday that “Rahul has formally applied today as it’s the last day of the deadline. His team at the NCA, bowling coach Paras and fielding coach Abhay have already applied. His application was just a formality.”
According to reports of TOI, it is also rumoured that VVS Laxman who is currently the mentor of SRH in IPL, and an active part of the commentary team in the other tournaments will be appointed as the new head of the NCA, after the departure of Dravid. To fulfil this commitment, Laxman will have to resign from his role in the SRH team as well as that of commentator, as the heads of NCAs are supposed to work in close coordination with the interest of Indian cricket in mind. however, there are still some chances of him declining the post, as he has done in the past. If that happens to be the case, like it was in the past, then Anil Kumble will be approached for the same role.
India will play their first series under Dravid’s flag when they host New Zealand. Also with new T20 Captain Rohit Sharma stepping into the role after the world cup, it will almost be like the beginning of a new era of Indian cricket.