Rahul Dravid unlikely to continue as Team India’s head coach; VVS Laxman to replace him soon?

VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid

The cricketing world is abuzz with speculation as Rahul Dravid, the current head coach of Team India, has reportedly expressed disinterest in extending his tenure. The disappointment of the recent ODI World Cup loss has added fuel to the fire, leading to increased scrutiny on the future direction of the Indian cricket team.

The current scenario and Rahul Dravid’s future

With the T20I World Cup looming in 2024 and the Champions Trophy following suit, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) faces the crucial decision of appointing a new head coach. Recent reports suggest that Dravid’s former teammate and the current National Cricket Academy (NCA) director, VVS Laxman, might step into the role.

The likely successor?

Rumours surrounding the potential departure of Dravid have led to speculation about who might fill his shoes, and Laxman’s name has emerged as a strong contender, given his current role as the NCA director and his recent appointment as the coach for India’s second-string squad in T20I series against Australia. Laxman’s experience, both as a player and in coaching capacities, makes him a credible candidate for the position. Nevertheless, the BCCI has not yet officially announced the decision.

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VVS Laxman’s recent coaching stints

Laxman’s journey into coaching has gained momentum with his recent appointments. Serving as India’s interim head coach for the Ireland T20I series ahead of the ODI World Cup showcased his ability to lead the team effectively. He has also served as mentor of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Now, his subsequent appointment as the coach for the second-string squad in the T20I series against Australia further hints at the BCCI’s consideration of him for a more significant role.

A look back at Dravid’s coaching career

Rahul Dravid took charge as India’s head coach in November 2021, signing a two-year contract. While his tenure witnessed success in home test series against Australia, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand, along with victories in away series against Bangladesh and West Indies, it also saw disappointments in major ICC events. India’s losses in the 2022 T20 World Cup and the recently concluded ODI World Cup have raised questions about Dravid’s continuation in the role.

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