Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Legendry batsman Rahul Dravid’s current contract as the head coach of Team India will expire at the end of the ongoing ICC ODI World Cup 2023. After Dravid succeeded former coach Ravi Shastri, India made it to the semifinals of the ICC World T20 last year. The Men in Blue also played in the final of the ICC World Test Championship.

With Dravid’s two-year stint set for completion after the World Cup, it is very much unlikely that the former India captain will seek his renewal.

BCCI has also the option to ask Dravid to reapply for the head coach job. However, as per sources, BCCI is most likely to seek fresh applications in the post-Dravid era. Under the circumstance, batting icon VVS Laxman will be one of the leading candidates to become the next India head coach. The National Cricket Academy (NCA) head can be joined by Sitansu Kotak as the batting coach. 

As per reports, Laxman might be looking after the Indian side in the absence of Dravid for the upcoming five-match T20I series against Australia. Dravid and a host of seasoned campaigners including skipper Rohit Sharma, star batsman Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and premier pacer Jasprit Bumrah might be rested for the five-match T20I series after a gruelling World Cup campaign.