‘Have Got 6 Captains in Last 8 Months, Which Wasn’t the Plan When I Started’: Coach Rahul Dravid

Team India head coach Rahul Dravid admitted that working with six different captains was not the actual plan when he took the coaching job last year after Ravi Shastri’s tenure ended with the 2021 T20 World Cup. Virat Kohli also stepped down as India’s T20I captain after the World Cup last year and was later sacked from the ODI captaincy, also because the BCCI wanted a single captain for the white ball formats. However, after the South African Test series, Kohli also relinquished the Test captaincy, making Rohit Sharma the all-format captain of India.

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However, due to Rohit’s busy schedule and injuries, India has been using several captains in recent months, including KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant. While Hardik Pandya is all set to lead the Men in Blue for the first time in the upcoming T20I series against Ireland.

Ahead of the fifth T20I against South Africa, Dravid spoke about his coaching term so far with the Indian team, where he started working with several captains in a short space of time.

“It (coaching) was quite exciting, I must say it was a lot of fun. It’s also been a challenge, we’ve had six captains in the last eight months, which wasn’t really the plan when I started, but it’s the nature of the number of games we play, it’s the nature of Covid, so I’ve had to working with quite a few people, it was a lot of fun. A lot of other guys have been given opportunities to lead, we’ve been given opportunities to create more leaders in the group,” Dravid told broadcasters.

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Shedding further light on India’s performance in recent times, the legendary India batter said the Test series against the Proteas was a disappointment as India lost the series after winning the opening Test game.

“We’ve been constantly striving to get better, we’ve tried a lot of different people. Over the past eight months, a tour of South Africa has been a bit of a disappointment in terms of test cricket. Our white ball cricket has been good though, shows the character of the team,” he added.

Dravid also acknowledged that the Indian Premier League has nurtured several young fast bowlers who will represent India in the coming years.

“It was incredible to see the fast bowling talent we have (during the IPL), especially with few of the bowlers clocking that (high) speed. A lot of youngsters got the chance to show their skills, and a lot of them came out well, those are really good signs for Indian cricket, exciting times ahead,” he added.

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