Rahul Dravid's stint as Team India's head coach has ended. Photo: AP
- Rahul Dravid will not coach Team India in the T20I series against Australia
- The BCCI has asked a former SRH mentor to take over the charge
- Dravid's stint as the head coach ended after the 2023 World Cup
India's 2023 World Cup campaign ended on a disappointing note and the Men in Blue suffered a big six-wicket defeat against Australia in the final at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday (November 19). Being the home team, the Men in Blue went into the game as favourites and were expected to lift the trophy after a 12-year wait. But the batting let down the home team, and India only managed a total of 240 on the board.
Courtesy of Travis Head's brilliant century, Australia bounced back after early struggles and completed the chase in 43 overs. The Indian and Australian cricket teams won't take much rest and will soon fly to Vizag for a five-match T20I series. The series will kick off on November 23.
Matthew Wade will be leading Australia while India haven't announced their squad yet. The majority of players who were in the World Cup team are set to be rested for the Australia series. With Hardik Pandya injured, India will have a stand-in captain for the series.
The Men in Blue will also have a stand-in coach in VVS Laxman. The Indian Express has reported that the BCCI has asked VVS Laxman to step in for Dravid. Dravid's tenure as the head coach ended after the end of the 2023 World Cup.
A veteran coach, Laxman started his coaching journey with Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in 2013. He coached the team for nine years before joining the BCCI as the chief of the National Cricket Academy in 2021. Laxman has stepped in for Dravid and coached the national team in a few series.
There is no official word on Dravid's future yet. As per the norm, the BCCI will have to follow the complete procedure and invite the applications for the job. The shortlisted candidates will then be called up for an interview, to be conducted by the Cricket Advisory Committee.
The BCCI is expected to soon invite the applications for the job. The new head coach (or Rahul Dravid if he is retained) is expected to take over the job from the all-important South Africa series.