As Team India gear up to lock horns against New Zealand in the first semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, there is another good news for the Indian cricket fans. Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid as head of Cricket of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
His designation states that the 'Wall of Indian Cricket' will oversee all cricket related activities at NCA and will be involved in mentoring, coaching, training and motivating players, coaches and support staff at the NCA.
At the same time, the 46-year-old will also work closely with the Indian Men’s and Women’s Head Coaches and Cricket Coaches for India Developmental teams – including India A, India Under 19, India Under 23 teams, in the identification of key training and development goals.
Dravid's task will also include keeping an eye on the progress against these goals for the developmental teams and provide necessary inputs on the same to the Senior Men’s and Women’s Head Coaches.
Rahul Dravid had represented India for 16 years. He had made his international debut in 1996 and called it a day in 2012. During his more than one-and-half decade career, he has played 164 Tests, 344 One Day Internationals and a solitary T20I. Dravid was also a part-time wicket-keeper.
'Jammy' as he is fondly addressed was first Sourav Ganguly's deputy (vice-captain) and then went on to become the captain. He led India from 2005-2007. Under his leadership, India were a force to reckon with while playing at home. Under Dravid's captaincy, India also achieved a remarkable feat of winning a Test series in West Indies for the first time since 35 years. This happened in the year 2006.
During his playing days, the dashing Karnataka batsman was also a part of so many memorable moments. They include reaching the finals of the ICC Knockout Trophy, emerging triumphant over England in the 2002 Natwest tri-series, were the joint winners of the ICC Champions Trophy in the same year along with Sri Lanka, finishing as the runners-up in the 2003 World Cup, drawing the Test series in Australia in 2003-04 and thumping Pakistan in a historic series in the very same year.