Indian legend Rahul Dravid is reportedly set to become the next head coach of the Indian cricket team. The 48-year-old has reportedly agreed an offer from the BCCI to take up the role once Ravi Shashtri steps down as the coach following the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Who is Rahul Dravid?

He born in Madhya Pradesh to
Sharad Dravid and Pushpa Dravid and holds a degree in commerce from St. Joseph’s
College of Commerce. Rahul received a call up for the national team while working
towards earning an MBA degree.

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In the
golden era of Indian Cricket with names like Laxman, Sachin, Sehwag, Dhoni and
Ganguly in the team. Dravid is the one who brought stability to the team.

He grew a
liking to the game because his father was a cricket lover who used to take his
sons (Rahul and his younger brother) to watch matches. He began his journey as
a professional cricketer at the age of 12 and represented Karnataka’s state
team for a long time.

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During his
first Ranji Season (1991 – 92), Dravid scored 380 runs with an average of 63.3.
It was clear from the very start that the youngster would go on to make a name
for himself.

Mr. Dependable
made his international debut against Sri Lanka in an ODI series. Soon he was even
called up to make his Test debut against England on foreign soil and he ended
up making 95 runs in his debut innings.

There came
a time when his playing style received a lot of criticism from all corners and
he was dropped from the ODI team because of being a ‘slow batter’.

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This did
not go well with Dravid who worked hard, regained his place in the ODI team,
cemented his spot in the playing XI and ended up becoming the highest run
getter at the 1999 World Cup.

Rahul was
appointed as the captain of the team in 2003 but was removed from the post
after the 2007 World Cup debacle. He led the team for 25 Tests and 79 ODIs.

He chose to
retire from international cricket in 2012 and amassed a total of 10,889 runs in
344 ODIs and 13,288 runs in 164 Tests. The numbers are reflective of the reason
behind his nickname ‘The Wall’.

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Dravid has
been busy post retirement as well as he was appointed as the Head Coach of
India A and Under-19 teams between 2016 and 2019, during this tenure he led youngsters
to the U-19 World Cup.

He has
mentored some of India’s finest talents including Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer
and Sanju Samson. In 2019 he was appointed as the Director of Cricket
Operations of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru and is reported to take over as the next head coach
of Indian men’s senior team.