The recent performance of the Indian cricket team is very disappointing. The last time Team India won the World Cup was in 2011. Twelve years have passed since then. In 2015 and 2019, they had to return empty-handed from the semi-finals of the World Cup. Ten years have passed since the last ICC trophy was won. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni) led the team to win the Champions Trophy in 2013. Then Virat Kohli was appointed as the captain of the team. Virat was removed from the captaincy of all three formats in early 2022. Currently, the captain of India is Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya (T20Is). Ravi Shastri was removed from the position of coach and Rahul Dravid was given the responsibility.
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The 2022 T-20 World Cup started by raising hopes even during their tenure. The 2023 World Test Championship title has also been missed. Last year, coach Dravid’s (Rahul Dravid) first big test was in the Asia Cup. Team India qualified for the last four in the UAE but lost to arch-rivals Pakistan and get knocked out by them out of the competition. The fate has not changed even in T20 World Cup. India qualified for the semi-finals from the top of the group. But England defeated them by 10 wickets. A shameful defeat for Team India in the semifinals. India lost the World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia by 209 runs. After continuous failure, there are demands to remove Dravid. Former Aussie captain Ricky Ponting’s name is being discussed as a replacement.
In 2018, Rahul Dravid won the World Cup as the coach of the Under-19 Indian team. But he could not maintain that success after getting the responsibility of the senior team. Several of Dravid’s decisions at the Oval have come under controversy. First of all, the fans want to know why the decision was taken to bat first after winning the toss. Besides, despite having help for the spinners in the wicket, why was the four-pacer policy taken by leaving out the world’s number one Test bowler Ravichandran Ashwin? The Sack Rahul Dravid hashtag trended on Twitter.
Indian cricket is currently on the verge of an era change. Several major changes appear. The door is slowly closing for seniors in Test, ODI and T20 teams. Instead, Team India is walking the path of giving opportunities to juniors. Cheteshwar Pujara, Umesh Yadav have been left out. Ishan Kishan, Yasswi Jaiswal, and Mukesh Kumar are getting opportunities. Former Indian cricketer Ajit Agarkar has been given the new charge after Chetan Sharma resigned. Rahul Dravid may be replaced by Ricky Ponting. He coached Delhi Capitals (DC) team for several years. He also won three ODI World Cups. Among them, he won two as captain.