In the wake of the devastating World Cup final loss to Australia, India’s head coach, Rahul Dravid, is taking some time to consider his future with the team. Dravid’s two-year contract officially ended with this match, where India lost by six wickets. Despite guiding the team to two ICC tournament finals and one semi-final during his tenure, discussions about Dravid’s future with the BCCI have not taken place.
When asked about his future plans and whether he would consider coaching in a single format, Dravid remained non-committal, stating that he hasn’t had time to think about it and will reflect on it later. He emphasized that his focus was entirely on the recent campaign and that he hasn’t given much thought to what happens next.
Dravid, known as ‘Mr Dependable,’ expressed pride in working with the players over the past two years and considered it a privilege. However, he is not inclined to analyze his own tenure as a coach.
Regarding the possibility of guiding the team in the next T20 World Cup in the USA and the West Indies, Dravid stated that he hasn’t thought about it and had no plans for the future.
Responding to questions about the disappointment of Indian cricketers losing out on a World Cup, Dravid laughed off speculations about the 2027 edition, emphasizing that there is plenty of time before then.
Rohit Sharma was hailed by Dravid as a remarkable leader who gave the squad his all and went above and beyond to foster a relationship with the players. Acknowledging the players’ hard work and sacrifices, he expressed empathy with their disappointment in the dressing room following the final.
Reflecting on the match, Dravid mentioned that India fell short by 40 runs, considering it a 280-290 kind of wicket. He thought that obtaining those extra runs might have increased Australia’s pressure.. Despite a slow start, Dravid felt the pitch played well, and he credited Australia for not losing wickets while chasing down the target.