5 Former cricketers who could be Team India’s next head coach
Ravi Shastri's contract is set to come to an end after the 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE.
Updated - Jul 9, 2021 10:15 am
In recent years, Team India have proven to be a formidable opponent. While captain Virat Kohli deserves the most of the credit, head coach Ravi Shastri has done an outstanding job behind the scenes in keeping the players motivated and going throughout the years. Under his tenure, India defeated the Aussies in Australia for the first time ever in 2018-19 and then again in 2020-21.
The Men in Blue also registered their first-ever bilateral ODI series win in South Africa in 2018. Moreover, they ended as the semi-finalists and runners-up in the 2019 World Cup and World Test Championship. India last won an ICC tournament in 2013, when MS Dhoni captained them to victory in the Champions Trophy in England.
On that note, as Shastri’s contract is set to come to an end after the 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE, the BCCI would look to keep a watch on some of the high-profile coaches. Shastri is unlikely to be given a third term, and a new face might be seen.
So let’s look at 5 former cricketers who could be India’s next head coach:
1. Rahul Dravid
The most obvious name and probably the front runner in this race by a mile. Rahul Dravid has been associated with the India U-19 team and is also the head of cricket at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore for a while now.
He has been extremely successful in finding and grooming young talent for the IPL and international level which has led to probably the strongest bench strength in the world. The prime example of this is the Indian team which will be playing against Sri Lanka this July and is looking as strong as many top international teams.
All the youngsters have hailed Dravid for their success at the IPL and international level and are extremely comfortable working with him. It would be interesting to see if he could sprinkle his pixie dust on the senior team as well and help them win ICC events.