The Indian cricket board named batting legend and former captain Rahul Dravid as head coach on November 4, replacing Ravi Shastri who stepped down at the end of the ongoing T20 World Cup where the team went out at the Super 12 stage.
“Rahul has had an illustrious playing career and is one of the greats of the game... I am hopeful that his new stint will take Indian cricket to new heights,” Sourav Ganguly, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, had said in a statement announcing the appointment.
Dravid, 48, nicknamed “The Wall” or “Mr. Dependable” for his classical style and rock-solid defence, will take charge from the upcoming home series against New Zealand starting later this month.
Dravid will bring a unique skillset to the table. He has worked with the U-19 team, the India ‘A’ team and as NCA director in the recent past and that experience will allow him to bring the most out of the Indian senior team.
Paddy Upton, who worked with the 2011 World Cup-winning Indian team as a mental conditioning coach, believes that Dravid’s appointment “will add momentum to the slowly shifting leadership terrain.”
Upton, who has also worked with Dravid for 8 years, expects the legend to adopt a contemporary player-centred/servant leadership-type style.
“They’re likely to experience very little of the old-school authoritarian command-and-control approach, and more of a contemporary player-centred/servant leadership-type style. One that is engaging, empowering and delivers results,” wrote Upton.
Read the full post by Upton below:
Rahul Dravid has been appointed as new Indian team coach.
This is significant for the future of Indian cricket - not only cricket, but I believe his appointment will add momentum to the slowly shifting leadership terrain.
Rahul is a superstar in India, of course, anyone who is a giant in the game is automatically granted superstar, celebrity and VVIP status.
Thing is, Rahul does not wear any of these labels:
~ He is not on social media
~ He does not have his image pasted on billboards
~ He asks how you are, and listens to the answer
Rahul connects with people, including 18 year old cricketers, on their level.
His humility is well known and his hunger to learn is as insatiable as any I’ve known in the game.
He will bring a wonderful balance of cricketing genius combined with grounded, authentic people-management skill.
Having been very fortunate to work alongside him for 8 years, I envisage the Indian cricketers are in for a fantastic experience with him as their leader.
They’re likely to experience very little of the old-school authoritarian command-and-control approach, and more of a contemporary player-centred/servant leadership-type style. One that is engaging, empowering and delivers results.
Being the humble guy he is, he would probably be uncomfortable with me saying these nice things about him…
Sorry Rahul, but they’re all true.— From Paddy Upton's LinkedIn page