Head Coach Rahul Dravid’s India are gearing up to face Australia in the highly anticipated ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final at The Oval in London, commencing on Wednesday.
This marks India’s second consecutive final, having lost to New Zealand in 2021. Ahead of the momentous clash, Rahul Dravid, the head coach of Team India, reflected on the team’s journey over the past couple of years.
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In a video shared by Star Sports, Rahul Dravid expressed his excitement about playing another WTC final and acknowledged that the opportunity was earned through two years of relentless hard work and numerous series victories.
“It’s exciting for all the players to be playing this game again. It’s two years of hard work that leads to this one match. You need to play a lot of Test series, and a lot of things need to go your way. There are lots of ups and downs throughout the season, and then to be able to get the opportunity to play this game – it’s certainly well deserved, and the boys have earned it,” Dravid stated.
I Have Enjoyed Coaching Team India: Rahul Dravid
The former Indian captain also shared his experience as the team’s coach. Rahul Dravid assumed the role after Ravi Shastri’s tenure ended in November 2021. Since then, he has been working closely with coaching staff members such as Paras Mhambrey, Vikram Rathour, and T Dilip to guide the team to greater heights.
“I have enjoyed it [coaching Team India]. It’s really a great bunch of guys to work with. Have built a very good relationship with a lot of players. It’s nice to be a part of their journeys as well. You’ve got some experienced players and you have also got a lot of younger players coming through as well.”
“Over the course of the last 18 months, we had to use a lot of players because of the amount of cricket that India plays. There have been a lot of players who have come in and out of the system. So, it’s been a great learning experience for me as well. Even I’ve learnt a lot about myself as a person,” Dravid concluded.
As the WTC final approaches, Rahul Dravid’s words reflect the team’s determination and the immense effort put in by the players to reach this stage. With Dravid’s guidance and the collective spirit of the team, India aim to leave no stone unturned in their quest to clinch the prestigious mace.