20 Nov 2023

ODI World Cup-2023 Final: Rahul Dravid said this about Team India performance, his future coaching endeavors


India's cricket coach, Rahul Dravid, is taking time to reflect on his future with the national team following the emotional setback of a ODI World Cup-2023 final defeat against Australia. Dravid's two-year contract officially concluded after India lost the title clash. 

Despite guiding the team to two ICC tournament finals and one semi-final during his tenure, Dravid remains non-committal about his future coaching endeavors.

When questioned about his plans and whether he would consider coaching in a single format, Dravid stated, "I haven't thought about it. I've just come off a game. I had no time to think about this and no time to reflect on this. Yeah, I will when I get the time to do that."

'I haven't given much thought to what lies ahead'

He emphasized that his focus during the campaign was solely on the recent World Cup, and he hasn't given much thought to what lies ahead.

Dravid, known as "Mr Dependable," refrained from analyzing his own two-year tenure, expressing pride in working with the players and considering it a privilege. When asked about the possibility of coaching in the next year's T20 World Cup in the USA and the West Indies, he replied, "Honestly, I haven't thought about it."

Regarding the disappointment of losing the World Cup final, Dravid acknowledged the emotional toll on the players and described the atmosphere in the dressing room as tough to witness. He commended Rohit Sharma's leadership, highlighting his dedication and personal investment in the team.

Dravid dismissed speculations about the 2027 World Cup, stating, "I'm not really thinking about 2027 and who's going to be there and who's not going to be there. There's a lot of time for that."

Team fell short by about 40 runs

Reflecting on India's performance in the final, Dravid acknowledged the team's fearless approach but noted that they fell short by about 40 runs. He believed it was a 280-290 kind of wicket, and getting those additional runs might have increased the pressure on Australia.

Dravid expressed the emotional difficulty of witnessing the disappointment in the dressing room but remained focused on the team's efforts and the challenges they faced in the World Cup final.

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