Following India’s disheartening six-wicket loss to Australia in the ICC World Cup 2023 final at the Narendra Modi Stadium on November 19, Rahul Dravid has chosen not to extend his coaching contract with Team India. According to the Times of India, this final match marked the conclusion of Dravid’s two-year stint with the Men in Blue.

With the conclusion of the global tournament, Dravid’s two-year coaching contract has officially ended, and he has informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) of his decision not to continue. The likely successor to Dravid is VVS Laxman, the current head of the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. Laxman is presently coaching the Indian team for the ongoing five-match T20I series against Australia and has prior experience working with the national team.

“Laxman wants to become the coach. During the World Cup, Laxman met the top board officials in this regard. He will be signing a long-time contract as the Team India coach and will travel with the players for the upcoming tour of South Africa,” a reliable source in the BCCI informed TOI.

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The opening match of the T20I series against South Africa is scheduled for December 10.

“Dravid has communicated to the BCCI that he doesn’t want to continue. He wants to go back to NCA,” the source stated.

Another source disclosed to the Times of India that Dravid is in talks with an Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise for a two-year contract.

Throughout Dravid’s two-year coaching tenure, India did not secure an ICC trophy. While the team clinched the Asia Cup just before the World Cup, they achieved victories in home Test series against Australia, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand, as well as away Test matches in Bangladesh and the West Indies. Additionally, India dominated Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka in home T20I series. However, the team faced defeats in the Test series and one-day internationals in South Africa and the deciding fifth Test in England.