Rahul Dravid opened up on working with 6 captains as Indian head coach
Rahul Dravid opened up on his eight-month stint as India’s head coach
Dravid has had to work with multiple captains in his short tenure
Dravid took over the top job post the 2021 T20 World Cup
The culmination of the the 2021 T20 World Cup last year saw a massive transition in Indian cricket as Ravi Shastri’s stint as India’s head coach came to an end. At the same time, the series against New Zealand at home in November, 2021 saw Rahul Dravid replace Shastri in the top job.
Since Dravid’s arrival in the role, he has worked with multiple captains as his tenure as coincided with Virat Kohli stepping down as captain from all three formats and Rohit Sharma eventually becoming India’s full-time captain. However a combination of injuries, COVID-19, and the Men in Blue’s hectic workload has meant Dravid has been forced to work with six captains in the last eight months alone.
Speaking about the unusual situation, Dravid stated that it has been a challenging period but been fun at the same time. The Indian head coach was also delighted that they have been able to create new leaders in the Indian dressing room.
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“Probably been 6 captains in the last 8 month that I have had to work it. Which wasn’t the plan when I first started. But it is the nature of COVID, the nature of the number of games we playing, it is about managing the workload of the squad.
“Few changes in captaincy means I have had to work with quite a few people over the last few months which in itself has been challenging but great fun too. It’s good a lot of guys have got to lead the team and given us the opportunity to create leaders in the group, “said Dravid to Star Sports before the start of the 5th T20I against South Africa.
Alongside Rohit and Virat, Ajinkya Rahane led India in the first Test match against New Zealand last year. KL Rahul was captain for the second Test against South Africa at Johannesburg after an injury to Kohli ruled him out of the game on the morning of the match. Rahul also led the team for all 3 ODIs in the same series.
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Meanwhile Rishabh Pant is leading the team in the ongoing home series against Proteas while Hardik Pandya has been named captain for the upcoming two-match T20I series in Ireland, where VVS Laxman will be Indian interim coach. Dravid had also worked with Shikhar Dhawan when he was named stand-in coach for the tour to Sri Lanka which all the Test players missed as they were preparing for the away Test series against England.