Rahul Dravid

1. Coach Rahul Dravid, in the wake of India’s loss in the World Cup 2023 final, revealed that he hasn’t given thought to his future.
2. Despite being the favorites and playing at home, India faced a crushing defeat against Australia in the final.
3. Dravid emphasized that his focus was entirely on the World Cup campaign, and he will reflect on his future plans at a later time.

Sports, Nov 20: India’s coach Rahul Dravid expressed that he hasn’t contemplated his future in the aftermath of India’s loss in the World Cup 2023 final. Despite being the favored team and playing on home turf, India suffered a significant defeat against Australia, who secured their sixth 50-overs World Cup title with a six-wicket win.

Australia’s captain, Pat Cummins, made a crucial decision to bowl first, anticipating that the pitch would become more batting-friendly later in the game. This strategy paid off as India struggled against Australia’s sharp bowling attack. India managed to post a total of 240 runs in their 50 overs, with Virat Kohli and KL Rahul contributing half-centuries.

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Despite a promising start in Australia’s chase, with India reducing them to 47-3, Travis Head’s exceptional century (137 off 120 balls) and Marnus Labuschagne’s steady 58 not out turned the game in Australia’s favor. The duo’s partnership of 192 runs secured victory for Australia with 42 balls to spare.

Looking ahead, the T20 World Cup in 2024 is the next major ICC event for India. When questioned about his coaching tenure, Dravid mentioned that he hadn’t considered it during the World Cup 2023 campaign. He stated that he hasn’t thought about continuing as a white-ball or red-ball coach and will reflect on it when he has the time.

“Honestly, I haven’t thought about it. All our campaign, all our energies were focused on this match, focused on this tournament. And I haven’t given it any thought. I have had no plans of what’s going to happen in the future,” said Dravid. He reiterated that he would contemplate his future coaching role once he has the opportunity to reflect on it.