T20 WC: 'Tried to convince him, but...', captain Rohit got emotional about Dravid's departure as coach, know


Rohit Sharma tried to convince Rahul Dravid to stay on as coach, gets emotional Team India T20 World Cup 2024

Indian captain Rohit Sharma got emotional while talking about head coach Rahul Dravid's departure after the 2024 T20 World Cup. Rohit broke his silence on Dravid's departure and said that he does not want the current tournament to be Dravid's last tournament as a coach and he had also requested this former India captain to remain in his post.

Rohit said this

Rohit talked about Dravid in the pre-match press conference ahead of India's first match against Ireland to be held at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York. The Indian captain revealed that he tried to convince Dravid to stay with the team, but he refused due to personal reasons. Rohit did not hide his disappointment and admitted that it would be difficult for him to no longer see Dravid as part of the dressing room.

Rohit Sharma got emotional

Rohit got emotional and said, 'He was my first international captain when I made my debut in Ireland. He has been an idol for all of us. I saw him play closely when I came into the team for Test matches. Growing up we have seen him play and we know what he has achieved personally as a player. He has also done a lot for the team in the last few years. I appreciate his contribution to the team in the last few years.

Referring to the 'Wall', he said, 'He is known for getting the team out of difficult situations. I have personally tried to convince him to stay as coach. I will not be able to see him go.' The Indian team has not yet won any ICC trophy in the Rohit-Dravid era, but the head coach's contribution to the development of the team is huge.

Rohit said, 'He has shown a lot of strength throughout his career and when he came here as a coach, I wanted to learn from him. It has been very fruitful. Apart from the ICC Trophy, we won all the major tournaments and series. I have enjoyed everything while working with him. We decided in which direction the team should go.'

Dravid had said this

Rohit's comment came a day after Dravid confirmed his desire not to re-apply for the top post. Dravid said in a conversation with the media that he has enjoyed every moment during his tenure as head coach. He said, 'Every tournament is important. Every match of India has been important for me as a coach. The World Cup is no different. This is my last tournament as head coach.' Dravid took over the responsibility in November 2021. He said- I love this job. This is a very special responsibility. I have enjoyed working with this team, but with my busy schedule and at this point in my life, I don't think I should apply again.

Who will be the new coach?

In a conversation with the media before India's first match in the World Cup against Ireland, Dravid said - I love my job very much. Although this is my last tournament, it doesn't matter to me. Every match has been important for me from day one. There will be no change in my thinking going forward. Now the speculation about Gautam Gambhir becoming the new head coach of India has gained further strength. However, it has not been confirmed yet whether he has applied or not. Recently, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah clarified that there will be no separate coach for different formats. In such a situation, only one coach will be searched for all three formats, who will take charge of the Indian cricket team for 3.5 years.