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Rahul Dravid to join Team India as head coach for Sri Lanka tour

Rahul Dravid, the former Indian skipper and head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) has been appointed as the head coach of Team India for next month’s Sri Lanka tour where India will be playing three T20Is and the same number of ODIs.

The three ODIs will be played on July 13, 16, 19 and the T20Is are expected to be played from July 22-27. These matches will be played during the second half of July when Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will be in England for a five-match Test series after battling it out with New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship in Southampton from June 18 to 22.

This will be his second stint with the Indian team after working with the boys as batting consultant during the England tour in 2014.

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A BCCI official told to ANI that the coaching staff will be in the UK and it is best that the young team is guided by Dravid as he has already worked with almost all of India ‘A’ boys. The comfort the youngsters share with him will be an added advantage for team India.

Before taking over as the head of NCA in 2019, Dravid had worked closely with the current crop of youngsters in the Indian team at the U-19 level as well as in the India ‘A’ team. In fact, he is seen to have played an integral role in building a solid bench strength for the national team over the last couple of years — having taken charge of the U-19 and ‘A’ team in 2015.

The Indian team for the Sri Lanka series is expected to be selected at the end of the month and the boys will have to undergo quarantine in the Island Nation before playing the three ODI and three T20I games.

Dravid is one of the most respected figures in Indian cricket and his coaching methodologies have done wonders with the junior Indian teams. Dravid even had the opportunity to become Team India’s full-time head coach but he decided to turn down that offer after Anil Kumble’s exit.

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