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'I Tried Convincing Him': Rohit Sharma Gets Emotional While Talking About Dravid's Departure

Rohit Sharma with India's head coach Rahul Dravid (x.com)Rohit Sharma with India's head coach Rahul Dravid (x.com)

Ahead of India's T20 World Cup 2024 opener against Ireland on June 5 at the Nassau Cricket Stadium in New York, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma addressed the press, where he shed his views on Rahul Dravid, who will step down as Men in Blue's head coach after the ICC event.

Sharma praised Dravid and also got emotional while explaining his relationship with the wall.

Replying to OneCricket's correspondent, the hitman stated that Rahul Dravid was his first international captain and he tried to convince Dravid to continue as India's head coach as it would be hard for him to see the 51-year-old leave.

"He (Dravid) was my first International captain, he is a huge role model, and he did a lot for the team over the years - I have personally tried to convince him to continue as a coach - I will not be able to see him go," remarked Rohit Sharma.

 It was towards the end of his interview when he got emotional while talking about Rahul and even stopped for a few seconds to regather himself before stating that he would not like to comment more on the topic. 

Dravid took on the role of India's head coach in November 2021 following Men in Blue's embarrassing exit from the 2021 T20 World Cup. Under his guidance, India won the Asia Cup 2023 and also reached the finals of the ICC World Cup 2023. 

Meanwhile, BCCI invited applications for new head coach last month and the last date to apply for the position was May 27.