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Rahul Dravid: From Player to Coach, The Wall’s Redemption

Rahul Dravid, known as “The Wall” for his steadfast batting, has come full circle in his cricketing journey, now as the outgoing head coach of India’s national team. His career spans multiple World Cups, notably captaining India during their early exit in the 2007 ICC World Cup held in the West Indies. Despite a storied career, Dravid never clinched an ICC title as a player.

Seventeen years after the disappointment of 2007, Dravid found redemption as a coach. Leading India to a thrilling victory over South Africa in the T20 World Cup final, he secured his second ICC title as a coach. Reflecting on his impending joblessness post-win, Dravid humorously remarked on his future plans, highlighting his ability to move forward swiftly—a trait honed over the years in cricket.

Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid

Dravid’s tenure as head coach began after the 2021 World Cup, succeeding Ravi Shastri. Under his leadership, Team India reached three ICC finals within twelve months, including the Asia Cup triumph. Despite losses in two ICC finals to Australia, the team’s resilience shone through, culminating in an undefeated run to clinch the T20 World Cup—a historic achievement.

Known for his humility, Dravid emphasized that he isn’t driven by leaving a legacy but rather by ensuring the team gives its best. He credited the professionalism of his coaching staff and the support system for creating a conducive environment. Reflecting on the victory, he expressed immense happiness for the team and Indian cricket fans, acknowledging the role luck played in their success.

As Dravid prepares to step away from coaching, his impact on Indian cricket is undeniable. From a player synonymous with grit and determination to a coach who guided India to T20 glory, his journey encapsulates dedication, resilience, and a deep passion for the sport.

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