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Rahul Dravid Returns As Head Coach As BCCI Announces Extension of Contracts

image-lpjhle01Rohit Sharma and Co. will continue to lead India (BCCI)

In a cricketing coup, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the extension of contracts for the Head Coach and Support Staff of Team India (Senior Men), marking the return of the legendary Rahul Dravid. 

The Wall, as Dravid is fondly known, will continue to lead the team as Head Coach, bringing his wealth of experience and cricketing acumen to guide the next generation of Indian cricketers along with his staff including, T Dilip, Paras Mhambrey and Vikram Rathour.

Although, BCCI hasn't confirmed their tenure however it is expected that they will be associated with the team till 2025 Champions Trophy scheduled to take place in Pakistan, as of now.

Here's what Rahul Dravid said:

"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. I am genuinely proud of the culture we have set in the dressing room. It's a culture that stands resilient, whether in moments of triumph or adversity. The skills and talent that our team possesses are phenomenal, and what we've stressed is following the right process and sticking to our preparations, which has had a direct impact on the overall result. 

I thank the BCCI and the Office Bearers for placing their trust in me, endorsing my vision, and providing support during this period. 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. As we embrace new challenges post the World Cup, we remain committed to the pursuit of excellence."

Following the World Cup 2023, Rahul Dravid's contract concluded, leading to his absence from the ongoing India vs. Australia T20I series. Despite this, Dravid, along with his complete support staff, is set to embark on a journey to South Africa. 

In this upcoming tour, India is scheduled to engage in a series comprising 3 T20Is, an equal number of ODIs, and 2 Test matches against the South African team. This marks a crucial phase for Dravid and his team as they transition from the World Cup, emphasizing their commitment to international cricket across various formats.