Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has expressed optimism about Rahul Dravid’s contract extension as the head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the extension of Dravid’s contract, along with his support staff, following India’s runners-up finish in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
Gambhir, speaking to ANI, highlighted the importance of maintaining stability in the coaching staff, especially with the T20 World Cup on the horizon. He stated, “It’s a good thing because the T20 World Cup is around the corner, and you don’t want to change the entire support staff, and it is good that Rahul has accepted it. Hopefully, we can continue to dominate and play good cricket.”
The BCCI, recognizing Dravid’s instrumental role in shaping the Indian team, acknowledged his exceptional professionalism. The extension comes after fruitful discussions with Dravid, whose initial two-year term concluded with the recently concluded World Cup.
Under Dravid’s guidance, India achieved significant success, reaching the finals of both the ICC Cricket World Cup and the World Test Championship. Despite the heartbreaking loss to Australia in the World Cup final, Dravid expressed pride in the team’s culture and performance during his tenure.
“I am genuinely proud of the culture we have set in the dressing room. I thank the BCCI and the office bearers for placing their trust in me, endorsing my vision, and providing support during this period,” said Dravid.
As India embraces new challenges post the World Cup, Dravid emphasized the team’s commitment to the pursuit of excellence. The extension of Dravid’s contract ensures continuity in leadership and provides stability as India prepares for upcoming cricketing challenges, including the highly anticipated T20 World Cup.
The BCCI’s decision reflects confidence in Dravid’s coaching abilities and his positive influence on the Indian team. With a renewed focus on future endeavors, the Indian cricket fraternity looks forward to continued success under Dravid’s leadership.