Looking forward to the stint with Rahul bhai – R Ashwin

Rahul Dravid has been appointed the head coach of the men’s national team. Dravid, who represented 164 tests and 344 one-dayers between 1996 and 2012 and accumulated more than 10,000 runs in both formats, has worked with Under-19 and A teams and is credited for giving young cricketers to Team India as head of the National Cricket Academy.

R Ashwin has backed the appointment of Rahul Dravid for the top job. He has got the job for two years till the 2023 50-over World Cup in India.

“I think Rahul bhai (Rahul Dravid) has got an immense depth of knowledge and he has got good wishing for anything he does in life. He is somebody who has done the hard yards,” Ashwin said during a virtual pre-match press conference in Dubai.

Former India captain Dravid will take charge of the team from the upcoming home series against New Zealand.

“He (Dravid) has gone through the journey and the grind of being at the NCA, he has gone through the Indian A (team), he knows what’s in store, he has played with some of us inside this dressing roo

“He also knows all the young boys and I am really looking forward to the stint and trying to contribute alongside Rahul bhai,” said Ashwin, who made a comeback to white-ball cricket after four years. Owe a lot to the family, says Ashwin.