India legend Rahul Dravid replaces Ravi Shastri as team’s new head coach

Rahul Dravid has been officially named as India 's new head coach, with the 48-year-old set to take over from Ravi Shastri after the T20 World Cup.

Dravid is a legendary figure in Indian cricket, having played 164 Tests and 344 ODIs in an illustrious career which saw him score over 24,000 international runs across all formats.

Following his retirement, Dravid has coached India's under-19 side and India A and has served as director of India's National Cricket Academy.

After his appointment was announced, Dravid said: "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.

"Under Mr 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 will take charge of India for their upcoming T20I and Test series against New Zealand, which is set to begin in November.

Sourav Ganguly, a former teammate of Dravid's and the current president of the BCCI, added: "The BCCI welcomes Rahul Dravid as the Head Coach of India’s senior men team.

"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.

"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."

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