As Rahul Dravid’s tenure as the Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team nears its end, the cricketing fraternity has started to speculate about his possible successors. Based on the current scenario and the available talent, the following three coaches are being considered as the most likely replacements for Dravid.

1. VVS Laxman: A contemporary of Rahul Dravid and a revered figure in Indian cricket, VVS Laxman is a strong contender to replace him as the head coach. Laxman’s experience as the Head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and his recent coaching stint at the Asian Games have helped him establish himself as a natural successor. The anticipated reorganization at the NCA could also benefit Laxman, given his familiarity with its functioning and his ability to provide stability during such transitions.

2. Ricky Ponting: The former Australian captain is another potential candidate to replace Dravid. Ponting is widely respected for his aggressive approach and winning mentality. His tenure with the Delhi Capitals and his successful coaching stint with the Mumbai Indians, where he led the team to an IPL title in 2015, showcase his coaching capabilities. However, the BCCI’s historical reluctance to appoint foreign coaches could prove to be a roadblock.

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3. Ashish Nehra: Nehra’s coaching credentials have been solidified with his successful stint as the head coach of the Gujarat Titans in the IPL, where he led the team to the IPL final twice, winning the title on their first attempt. Being the only Indian to have won an IPL trophy as head coach, Nehra might be the favored candidate if the BCCI decides to go for split coaching, similar to the English cricket team.

Notably, other potential candidates include Gautam Gambhir, despite his lack of experience as a head coach, due to his game awareness and approach. Stephen Fleming, who has an impressive record as the head coach of the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, could also be considered. Internationally, former England coach Andy Flower and ex-Australia coach Justin Langer are names potentially in the running.

However, these speculations will only find closure once the BCCI makes its decision post the World Cup 2023. The changing dynamics of Indian cricket and the subsequent phasing out of the veterans will largely influence this decision. All eyes will remain on the World Cup and the subsequent developments in the coaching domain.

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