Rahul Dravid has been appointed as the head coach of the Indian men’s national cricket team. He shall take charge from the upcoming home series against New Zealand, beginning from November 17.
The decision of Dravid’s appointment was unanimously taken by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) including Sulakshana Naik, RP Singh on Wednesday.
“It is an absolute honour to be appointed as the new head coach of the Indian Cricket Team and I am really looking forward to this role,” reacting to his appointment, Dravid said.
“Rahul has had an illustrious playing career and is one of the greats of the game. He has also served Indian cricket as Head of National Cricket Academy (NCA) with distinction, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly welcomed Dravid’s appointment and said.
“Rahul’s effort at the NCA has nurtured several young cricketing talents who have gone on to represent the country at the international stage. I am hopeful that his new stint will take Indian cricket to new heights,” he added.
Dravid was born in a Marathi Brahmin family in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. His family later moved to Bangalore, Karnataka, where he was raised. His mother tongue is Marathi. Dravid’s father Sharad Dravid worked for a company that makes jams and preserves, giving rise to the later nickname Jammy. His mother, Pushpa, was a professor of architecture at the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE), Bangalore.
Dravid has a younger brother named Vijay. He did his schooling at St. Joseph’s Boys High School, Bangalore and earned a degree in commerce from St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bangalore. He was selected to India’s national cricket team while working towards an MBA at St Joseph’s College of Business Administration.
Dravid, who was working as the head of the National Cricket Academy, has been appointed for a period of two years till the 2023 50-over World Cup in India.
“Under Shastri, the team has done very well, and I hope to work with the team to take this forward. Having worked closely with most of the boys either at NCA, U19 and India A setup, I know they have the passion and desire to improve every day. There are some marquee multi-team events in the next two years, and I look forward to working with the players and the support staff to achieve our potential,” Dravid was quoted as saying by the BCCI.