The BCCI has reportedly chosen VVS Laxman, the former Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor, to coach Team India in the upcoming five-match T20I series against Australia. This decision comes as Rahul Dravid’s tenure as the head coach concluded after the 2023 World Cup.
Despite a disappointing end to India’s 2023 World Cup campaign, where they suffered a six-wicket defeat against Australia in the final, the Men in Blue are gearing up for the T20I series in Vizag, starting on November 23. Matthew Wade will lead the Australian side, while India is yet to announce its squad. With key players likely to be rested and Hardik Pandya sidelined due to injury, a stand-in captain and coach will be at the helm for the series.
VVS Laxman, a seasoned coach, initially embarked on his coaching journey with Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2013, guiding the team for nine years before assuming the role of Chief of the National Cricket Academy in 2021. The BCCI has entrusted him to step in for Rahul Dravid and lead the national team in the upcoming series.
While there is no official statement regarding Rahul Dravid’s future, it is anticipated that the BCCI will follow standard procedures, inviting applications for the head coach position. The Cricket Advisory Committee will conduct interviews with shortlisted candidates. The new head coach, whether it be Rahul Dravid or someone else, is expected to take charge from the crucial South Africa series onwards.