T20 World Cup: File image of Rahul Dravid© AFP

Indian cricket team coach Rahul Dravid has finally officially confirmed that the 2024 T20 World Cup is going to be his last assignment with the national team. The former Indian cricket team captain, who has been the head coach of the side since 2021, said he won’t be re-applying for the post. The BCCI has already advertised for the top post, with the new coach taking over from July 1. The 2024 T20 World Cup ends on June 29. Rahul Dravid was speaking ahead of the India’s first match against Ireland at the T20 World Cup 2024. 

Dravid was also asked about India’s opening combination We have Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal. Virat Kohli can open, he opened in IPL so everything is on cards”.

Speaking to reporters ahead of India’s World Cup opener against Ireland, Dravid said he enjoyed every bit of his coaching tenure. “Every tournament is important. Every game that I’ve coached for India has been very important for me. So for me this is no different just because it is going to be the last one that I’m in charge of,” he said when asked if this tournament held more significance as it was his last one in charge of the team.

The former India captain had taken charge of the team in November 2021 following the T20 World Cup that year.

“I love doing the job. I’ve really enjoyed coaching India and I think it’s a truly special job to do. I enjoyed working with this team and it’s a great bunch of boys to work with but yeah but just considering you know unfortunately just the kind of schedules and where I find myself in the stage in my life I don’t think I’ll be able to reapply,” he said.

“So yeah, obviously it’ll be my last one but having said that it’s no different for me to be very honest. From the first day I took the job, I always felt that every game was important and every game mattered and that will not change,” he asserted.

India will be aiming to win an elusive ICC trophy here and provide a perfect farewell for the coach.

With PTI inputs

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