Renowned India off-spinner R Ashwin was elated with the news of former India captain Rahul Dravid being named the new Indian team head coach, which was confirmed by BCCI on Wednesday, November 3rd.
Ashwin welcomed Dravid and said that the Karnataka-based former cricketer has immense knowledge and his experience will come in handy once he takes over as the head coach of the senior cricket team.
“I think Rahul bhai has got an immense depth of knowledge and he has got good wishing for anything he does in life. He is somebody who has done the hard yards, Rahul Bhai has gone through the grind of being at the NCA, being the coach of A-team and he knows what is in store. He has played with some of us in the dressing room, he also knows all the young boys. I am really looking forward to it and contributing alongside Rahul Bhai,” said Ashwin during a virtual press conference.
The Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sulakshana Naik and RP Singh on Wednesday unanimously appointed Rahul Dravid as the head coach of Team India (Senior Men). Dravid will take charge from the upcoming home series against New Zealand.
“It is an absolute honor to be appointed as the new Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team and I am really looking forward to this role. Under Shastri, the team has done very well, and I hope to work with the team to take this forward,” said Dravid in a statement released by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
“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,” he added.