Indian cricket fans were elated after The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday introduced the captain and coach of the Indian team for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka. The BCCI posted a picture of Shikhar Dhawan and Rahul Dravid on Social Media. Shikhar Dhawan will be captaining the Indian team and former India captain and U19 coach Rahul Dravid will step in place of Ravi Shastri. It is something different to see for the Indian cricket fans, who were heartbroken after the final loss in the World Test Championship Final.
Regular skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri are in England and are focused on playing a good cricket match against the ODI champions of the world. They are gearing up for the upcoming five-match Test series against Joe Root and company. This means that they can’t travel back to Asia for the upcoming tour against the Sri Lankan lions. For that purpose, a secondary team had to be readied, which would go on this tour instead of the first-choice one.
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The BCCI captioned the picture as “Say hello to #TeamIndia’s captain & coach for the Sri Lanka tour. We are excited. Are you?”
As soon as this tweet was out, Indian cricket fans went all drooling and flooded social media with happy messages. More than seeing Shikhar Dhawan as skipper, fans wete delighted to see Rahul Dravid in the coach’s shoes.
“Rahul Dravid – Most awaited Coach for the Indian Cricket Team,” a user said.
“The best thing Happened to Indian Cricket!. The Great Wall of India! Wish he becomes our Head Coach at the earliest,” another one said.
“For the captain…Yess For the coach… Definitely YESSSSS,” a fan tweeted along with heart emojis.
India travel to Sri Lanka for three One-Day Internationals (ODI) and the same number of Twenty20 Internationals (T20I). The team will be without some regular faces, who are in England.Team India is scheduled to play a couple of intra-squad games after landing in Sri Lanka. The tour begins from July 13.
BCCI on Monday posted a picture of the team as they were ready to leave for Sri Lanka. It was a great sight to watch some of the young talents alongside one of their icons from the legendary times. The man is a true gentleman and an inspiration to millions of people who know him.
“All SET! Sri Lanka bound #TeamIndia #SLvIND,” the Tweet read. The players had gathered in Mumbai after which they were under a two-week quarantine. This was right before they were all set to leave the country for the much-awaited tour of the neighbors.
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The team is quite young and features quite a few players who would want to place their best foot forward ahead of the T20 World Cup that will be held later this year in the United Arab Emirates.
Speaking at a virtual media interaction, step-in coach Dravid, according to Sportstar said, “It is crucial for youngsters like Shaw, Padikkal and Ruturaj Gaikwad. They would be extremely keen to do well. Will want to set a marker for the selectors. Whether they get picked for the World Cup or not, that is a call that the selectors and the Indian team management would take based on their plans and strategies.”
He, however, immediately added that the Sri Lankan tour is not the only deciding factor.
“That said, it is not like if you do not have a good tour of Sri Lanka, that you are never going to make it. Conversely, just because you do well against Sri Lanka does not mean you will make it automatically. Certainly, good performances on tours like these against international oppositions make the selectors think about you.”
India Squad: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Rahul Chahar, K Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (vc), Chetan Sakariya, Navdeep Saini.