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Rahul Dravid

Dravid happy to forgo bonus amount after T20 World Cup triumph

  • Jul 12, 2024
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Dravid was offered the bonus amount following the national team's success but he was happy to settle for the due amount – 2.5 crore – similar to other coaching staffFormer India head coach Rahul Dravid has refused to take the bonus amount of 2.5 crore offered to him by the BCCI following the recent T-20 World Cup triumph in the Americas.Dravid was offered the bonus amount following the national team's success but he was happy to settle for the due amount – 2.5 crore – similar to other coaching staff.The BCCI wanted to repay Dravid for guiding India to the trophy in Barbados by hiking his reward to 5 crore, which is at par with the players, PTI has learnt that the 51-year-old was happy with an equal pay check as other coaching staff.It was more of a goodwill gesture than any official call as Dravid's tenure as India coach had originally ended after last year's 50-over World Cup at home.However, skipper Rohit Sharma and the governing body were successful in convincing Dravid to stay till the T20 World Cup as they then had felt that time was too short for a new coach to take up the high-pressure job.Dravid went on to end his India coaching stint as a World Cup winner, and talks have been swirling around him joining an IPL franchise as mentor.But at this point, the Bengaluru man seems to be keen to take a step back and relax after a hectic over two years tenure as the India head coach, before taking the next career move.Meanwhile, the BCCI on Tuesday appointed former India opener Gautam Gambhir as Dravid's successor for the next three years.Under Gambhir's coaching, the Kolkata Knight Riders won their third IPL trophy earlier this year.Also Read: Virat Kohli becomes first cricketer to hit 100 million followers on Instagram

Dravid happy to forgo bonus amount after T20 World Cup triumph

  • Jul 12, 2024
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Dravid was offered the bonus amount following the national team's success but he was happy to settle for the due amount – 2.5 crore – similar to other coaching staffFormer India head coach Rahul Dravid has refused to take the bonus amount of 2.5 crore offered to him by the BCCI following the recent T-20 World Cup triumph in the Americas.Dravid was offered the bonus amount following the national team's success but he was happy to settle for the due amount – 2.5 crore – similar to other coaching staff.The BCCI wanted to repay Dravid for guiding India to the trophy in Barbados by hiking his reward to 5 crore, which is at par with the players, PTI has learnt that the 51-year-old was happy with an equal pay check as other coaching staff.It was more of a goodwill gesture than any official call as Dravid's tenure as India coach had originally ended after last year's 50-over World Cup at home.However, skipper Rohit Sharma and the governing body were successful in convincing Dravid to stay till the T20 World Cup as they then had felt that time was too short for a new coach to take up the high-pressure job.Dravid went on to end his India coaching stint as a World Cup winner, and talks have been swirling around him joining an IPL franchise as mentor.But at this point, the Bengaluru man seems to be keen to take a step back and relax after a hectic over two years tenure as the India head coach, before taking the next career move.Meanwhile, the BCCI on Tuesday appointed former India opener Gautam Gambhir as Dravid's successor for the next three years.Under Gambhir's coaching, the Kolkata Knight Riders won their third IPL trophy earlier this year.Also Read: Virat Kohli becomes first cricketer to hit 100 million followers on Instagram

Dravid happy to forgo bonus amount after T20 World Cup triumph

  • Jul 12, 2024
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Dravid was offered the bonus amount following the national team's success but he was happy to settle for the due amount – 2.5 crore – similar to other coaching staffFormer India head coach Rahul Dravid has refused to take the bonus amount of 2.5 crore offered to him by the BCCI following the recent T-20 World Cup triumph in the Americas.Dravid was offered the bonus amount following the national team's success but he was happy to settle for the due amount – 2.5 crore – similar to other coaching staff.The BCCI wanted to repay Dravid for guiding India to the trophy in Barbados by hiking his reward to 5 crore, which is at par with the players, PTI has learnt that the 51-year-old was happy with an equal pay check as other coaching staff.It was more of a goodwill gesture than any official call as Dravid's tenure as India coach had originally ended after last year's 50-over World Cup at home.However, skipper Rohit Sharma and the governing body were successful in convincing Dravid to stay till the T20 World Cup as they then had felt that time was too short for a new coach to take up the high-pressure job.Dravid went on to end his India coaching stint as a World Cup winner, and talks have been swirling around him joining an IPL franchise as mentor.But at this point, the Bengaluru man seems to be keen to take a step back and relax after a hectic over two years tenure as the India head coach, before taking the next career move.Meanwhile, the BCCI on Tuesday appointed former India opener Gautam Gambhir as Dravid's successor for the next three years.Under Gambhir's coaching, the Kolkata Knight Riders won their third IPL trophy earlier this year.Also Read: Virat Kohli becomes first cricketer to hit 100 million followers on Instagram

Gautam Gambhir

Why BCCI is delaying Gautam Gambhir's appointment as India's new head coach after Dravid: Full details

  • Jul 09, 2024
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Gautam Gambhir and the BCCI are in the final stages of negotiating his salary. Once his remuneration is settled, the BCCI will officially announce him as India's next head coach. Following Rahul Dravid's departure after leading India to victory in the T20 World Cup, Gambhir emerged as the leading candidate for the position. He was among the two applicants, along with WV Raman, who underwent interviews conducted by the Cricket Advisory Committee consisting of Ashok Malhotra, Jatin Paranjape, and Sulakshana Naik. Numerous reports strongly indicate that Gambhir is set to assume the role.Recently, Gambhir was seen filming a farewell video at Eden Gardens, marking the end of his tenure with the Kolkata Knight Riders, where he played a pivotal role in their IPL championship after a decade. Despite Gambhir's apparent candidacy, the delay in the announcement primarily stems from ongoing negotiations over his salary. According to reports from The Indian Express, these negotiations are nearing conclusion.The BCCI had advertised the position with negotiable remuneration based on experience. Gambhir is expected to command a higher salary than his predecessor, Rahul Dravid, who earned approximately 12 crore annually.This will mark Gambhir's first national-level coaching assignment, having previously served as mentor for teams in the IPL. Currently, India's team in Zimbabwe is under the guidance of NCA head VVS Laxman. BCCI secretary Jay Shah has confirmed India's upcoming white-ball series in Sri Lanka will have a new head coach in charge.Additionally, the BCCI plans to invite applications for the team’s support staff following the end of tenures for batting coach Vikram Rathour, bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, and fielding coach T Dilip post-T20 World Cup in the USA and the West Indies. Gambhir is expected to have autonomy in selecting his support staff once the application process is completed.

Team India

As Kohli tears up, SKY soaks it in as Rohit Sharma-led Team India get a Mumbai Salaam

  • Jul 05, 2024
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The world at their feet, lakhs queuing on the streets of Mumbai for them and thousands more packing the stands of Wankhede Stadium -- the site of their 2011 World Cup triumph and where the 2007 T20 World Cup winning side held a similar celebration.What must it feel like to be Rohit Sharma tonight? To hear his name reverberating at the Wankhede Stadium in the same rhythm as “Sachin, Sachin!”. To receive a standing ovation from his own T20 World Cup-winning teammates.Or to be Virat Kohli. On the ground where he carried Sachin Tendulkar on his shoulders 13 years ago, the chants of fans were enough for Kohli to tear up.Or even Hardik Pandya. Booed relentlessly in Mumbai Indians’ hues of blue just three months ago. Tonight, they couldn’t stop singing his name. Pandya smiled and waved back; almost like the two parties putting the chapter behind them. Everything was forgiven and forgotten.Put simply, what would it feel like to be one of the Men in Blue. The world at their feet, lakhs queuing on the streets of Mumbai for them and thousands more packing the stands of Wankhede Stadium — the site of their 2011 World Cup triumph and where the 2007 T20 World Cup winning side held a similar celebration.“This title is for the country,” Rohit said, his words sending the crowd into a tizzy. Turning to them, he added: “Mumbai never disappoints.”Kohli concurred: “Bringing the trophy back to Wankhede is a very special feeling.”It nearly rained on India’s victory parade. But when the moment came, even the heavens, which intermittently opened up, played ball.The 1.7-km drive from the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) to Wankhede Stadium, on a normal day, takes not more than seven minutes. Thursday’s procession took almost two hours, with the open-top bus carrying Team India snaking through the deluge of crowd that had gathered on the streets of South Mumbai.When they finally arrived at Wankhede, at around 8.30 pm, it sent the fans who had been waiting impatiently for almost five hours into a delirium.Also Read: Worlds Biggest Stadium, Know the Names of Top 10On a night of nostalgia, emotions and endless intimate celebrations, there were stories steeped in symbolism wherever you looked.The party began with “King” Kohli leading “Mumbaicha Raja” Rohit to a dance to dhol beats. It ended with a poignant moment, with the two walking side-by-side with the trophy in their hands.A little while ago, Kohli had walked past his teammates to the back of the bus, where Rohit sat by himself, savouring every moment. Grabbing him by the arm, Kohli urged Rohit to join him in the front. Once there, the duo — whose careers have been the subject of many dressing-room intrigues — high-fived, laughed and hoisted the trophy together.For the heroes retiring from the T20 format, there could not have been a grander farewell.This was also a moment of sweet redemption for Rohit. It isn’t a secret how much it hurt him not to be a part of the 2011 World Cup side that lifted the trophy on this ground. Indeed, he was a part of a similar parade in 2007 which also, like Thursday, culminated at Wankhede.Rohit was only a cub back then. Like Shivam Dube is now. Back in 2007, a 14-year-old Shivam Dube saw Rohit on the open-top bus; a moment that kept the fire within him burning to make it big. In the final last Saturday, his 27-run knock was similar in nature — and importance — to Rohit’s 30 seventeen years ago.For long stretches, Dube shadowed another Mumbaikar, Surya Kumar Yadav, whose catch will go down as one of the iconic moments in Indian sport.In his interview to The Indian Express, Yadav laughed about the “sannatta” (silence) that greeted them in Barbados the morning after the win. “Once we reach India, kya maahaul hoga, we will feel only there,” he said.SKY would maybe crave some sannata now. For, their celebrations had gone from 0 to 100 in no time.The chartered Air India flight that ferried the players from Barbados reached the New Delhi airport in the early hours of Thursday. Those hours on the long flight were their last few moments of peace before the madness began.From the airport, where they were mobbed, they were whisked to a central Delhi hotel, where another mob awaited them. Greeted and garlanded at the hotel, they were asked to cut cakes, before changing into their India blues for breakfast with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Back to the airport from there, their delayed flight to Mumbai was welcomed with a water cannon salute on the runway. It was a full 13 hours after they touched down in Delhi that the victory parade got underway.All this while, the crowd had started to trickle in at the Wankhede. The conditions at the stadium weren’t ideal for fans. Then again, India’s most romanticised stadium isn’t really among the most fan-friendly venues.On Thursday, they had been waiting for the world champions since 3.30 pm, endured sunshine, humidity and rain, and braved a stampede-like situation to get into the stands, where they sat on dusty seats without water for large parts, and access to limited toilets.Yet, the energy levels never dropped. Filled to capacity, the fans waved the national flag, chanted the names of their favourite players, sang and danced. The wait for this trophy was as excruciating for these all-weather Team India supporters as the players themselves.Quite fittingly, the symbolic night ended with a touching gesture from the captain — a salute and a bow to the fans.Also Read: Indian Cricket Birthday List

Afghanistan cricket team

Behind Afghanistan's Rise In World Cricket, BCCI, India's 'Hidden Role'

  • Jun 25, 2024
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Afghanistan has achieved unprecedented success in cricket, securing a spot in the semi-finals of the 2024 T20 World Cup. This milestone marks a remarkable journey for a team that only attained full ICC membership in 2017. Often labeled as underdogs in major tournaments, Afghanistan impressed with standout performances against teams like New Zealand and Australia to reach this stage.While credit primarily goes to the players for their exceptional performance under pressure, India and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have played a crucial, albeit hidden, role in Afghanistan's ascent. Here's how India and BCCI contributed to Afghanistan's rise in world cricket:Providing a Home Ground: The Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida became Afghanistan's temporary home ground in 2015, thanks to the BCCI. This shift from Sharjah allowed Afghanistan to host international matches against Ireland in Greater Noida by 2017. Additionally, Afghanistan "hosted" a Twenty20 series against Bangladesh in Dehradun, further cementing their ties with India.Guidance from Indian Coaches: The BCCI facilitated Afghan cricket by providing top-notch facilities and coaching expertise. Former Indian players like Lalchand Rajput, Manoj Prabhakar, and Ajay Jadeja have coached the Afghanistan team, with Jadeja serving as mentor up to the ODI World Cup in 2023.Influence of the IPL: The Indian Premier League (IPL) has significantly bolstered the careers of Afghan players. Many Afghan cricketers participating in the IPL not only enhance their skills but also serve as inspirations back home. This exposure and financial support have been instrumental in their development and success.The strong collaboration between Afghanistan and India, facilitated by the BCCI, underscores the strategic support that has propelled Afghanistan to achieve remarkable feats in international cricket.Also Read: Not Gautam Gambhir, This India Legend To Be Team's Coach In Next Series: Report

Gautam Gambhir

Not Gautam Gambhir, This India Legend To Be Team's Coach In Next Series: Report

  • Jun 21, 2024
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Gautam Gambhir is currently the frontrunner to become the head coach of the Indian men's cricket team, edging out former women's team head coach WV Raman. VVS Laxman and his support staff at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) might accompany the Indian team to Zimbabwe for a five-match T20I series starting on July 6, while Gambhir is expected to start his tenure with the Sri Lanka tour. The squad for the Zimbabwe series will be announced by the end of this week, around June 22 or 23. Currently, young IPL performers and players targeted by the BCCI are training under Laxman at the NCA.The announcement of Gambhir's appointment as head coach is expected soon, and he will have the opportunity to choose his support staff, including batting, bowling, and fielding coaches. However, it is anticipated that Gambhir will begin his role in mid-July during India's white-ball series in Sri Lanka, which consists of three T20Is and three ODIs.A BCCI source indicated that Laxman and some NCA coaches might travel with a new-look squad to Zimbabwe, continuing their role in covering for Rahul Dravid and the primary team coaches during their periodic breaks. It is expected that a young squad, including six to seven members from the T20 World Cup contingent, will head to Zimbabwe. Three rookies likely to be included are Riyan Parag, Abhishek Sharma, and all-rounder Nitish Reddy, with either Yash Dayal or Harshit Rana also getting a maiden call-up.The team captain for the Zimbabwe tour will either be Hardik Pandya, if he doesn't opt for rest, or Suryakumar Yadav, who previously led the T20 team against Australia at home and in an away series in South Africa.Also Read: Salaries of Indian Cricketers for the Year 2024

Shubman Gill, Avesh Khan

BackBack Shubman Gill, Avesh Khan will be sent back home after June 15 match in T20 World Cup 2024

  • Jun 14, 2024
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Shubman Gill will be sent home after the US matches in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024, according to Cricbuzz. A reserve pacer, likely Avesh Khan, might also return home after the June 15 game against Canada in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the publication added. These two have been travelling as reserve players with the Indian team.Shubman Gill, who typically plays as an opening batter, and pacer Avesh Khan may need to stay back if a regular player gets injured during cricket practice on June 14 or the game the next day.However, this is unlikely because bad weather in Florida could disrupt the World Cup schedule. Also, Yashasvi Jaiswal is on the squad along with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli as the third opener. Rohit and Virat opened for India in the first three games.The team will likely rely more on spinners in the Caribbean, so an extra pacer might not be needed. It also means that India’s premium spinner, Kuldeep Yadav, is likely to be included in the team.Both Shubman and Avesh were in Florida as of June 13, as they flew with the team from New York to Fort Lauderdale on a chartered flight on June 12, the publication added. After their game at Nassau County International Stadium in Long Island, the charter was arranged for both the India and USA teams.The travels for both the players were planned for the US leg only, unless there were unexpected player injuries, Cricbuzz reported. They went as travelling reserves because it would be hard for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to send replacements quickly from India to the US or the Caribbean if a player got injured.Rinku Singh, Khaleel Ahmed to stay backMiddle-order batter Rinku Singh and pacer Khaleel Ahmed, who have also been in the team as reserves, will stay with the squad and travel to Bridgetown, Barbados, for India's first Super 8 game on June 20 against Afghanistan, according to the publication.India’s next two games are in Antigua on June 22 (opposition yet to be decided) and St. Lucia on June 24 (against Australia).Also Read: ICC T20 World Cup 2024: Super Eight qualification scenarios for all the teams