Head of the National Cricket Academy, VVS Laxman, is reportedly set to take charge of the Indian cricket team following the conclusion of the World Cup 2023. The Men in Blue are currently under the leadership of head coach Rahul Dravid, but Dravid is expected to take a break once the tournament concludes. His contract with the Indian team extends only until the World Cup 2023.
According to a report from PTI, Laxman has often stepped in to lead the team when Dravid takes a break, and it appears that this pattern will continue for the upcoming five-match series against Australia. A BCCI source informed PTI of this likelihood.
Rahul Dravid, the former Indian captain, has been at the helm of the Indian team for a two-year coaching stint, succeeding Ravi Shastri after the T20I World Cup in 2021. Under Dravid’s guidance, the Indian team achieved success by winning the Asia Cup 2023 and reaching the semifinals of the T20I World Cup 2022.
The same PTI report suggests that Dravid might explore opportunities in T20I leagues and potentially step down from his role with the Indian team. If Dravid chooses not to reapply for the position, VVS Laxman is a strong candidate to assume the full-time coaching role.
Laxman has previously taken charge of the team in Dravid’s absence. He served as the team’s in-charge during the Bilateral series against Ireland in June 2022 and also worked as the coach for a tour to Zimbabwe and the first T20I against England.
Following the World Cup 2023, Australia is set to remain in India. They will engage in a five-match T20I series against the Indian cricket team, commencing on November 23 and concluding on December 3, 2023. The Australian team arrived in India in mid-September, initially scheduled to play three ODIs before the World Cup.