Rahul Dravid to be available for entire South Africa series


IND vs SA Live: India vs South Africa Series: Team India head coach Rahul Dravid has decided to be available for the entire South Africa T20 series. While the BCCI wanted to have VVS Laxman take charge for South Africa and Ireland series and Dravid leave for England with the squad on June 16, he will now leave on June 20.

“Rahul will be available for the entire series. He insisted on being there with the team for the whole series and not leaving before the last match. The South Africa series is an important one as it will help him test a few combinations of players. He will join the squad in England before the warm-up,” a senior BCCI official told InsideSport.

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IND vs SA Live: Head coach Rahul Dravid to be available for entire South Africa series, to leave for England on June 20

IND vs SA Live: Head coach Rahul Dravid to be available for entire South Africa series, to leave for England on June 20
Rahul Dravid will be available for the entire South Africa series

IND vs SA Live: Head coach Rahul Dravid to be available for entire South Africa series, to leave for England on June 20

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  • India are currently on a winning streak of 12 Matches
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Most of the senior players including captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have been rested from South Africa series. There are also a few injury concerns in the squad with Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, and Deepak Chahar all recovering from injuries.

That is the reason, Rahul Dravid wants to be there with the team. His presence will also help KL Rahul who shares a great rapport with Dravid.

“The initial idea was to have Rahul available for England series and VVS take charge of the squad for the two T20 series. But Rahul refused,” the BCCI official added.

IND vs SA Live: Head coach Rahul Dravid to be available for entire South Africa series, to leave for England on June 20

IND vs SA Live: Head coach Rahul Dravid to be available for entire South Africa series, to leave for England on June 20
NCA Director VVS Laxman will be in charge of Team India in Ireland

VVS Laxman for Ireland series

National Cricket Academy director VVS Laxman will take charge of the Indian team for the two-match T20 series against Ireland in June. Rahul Dravid will be unavailable for the Ireland series. Rohit Sharma-led Team India will play a First Class warm-up match against Leicestershire County Cricket Club before the 5th Test against England from July 1.

The two-match T20 series against Ireland which will be played on June 26 and 28 will coincide with the warm-up match from June 24. As two different teams will be busy simultaneously, the BCCI has decided to send VVS Laxman as the Team Director for the T20 team with Dravid taking charge of the team in England after finishing the South Africa series at home.

“Yes, VVS will be with the team in Ireland along with the NCA coaching staff. He will team up with Rahul for the 1st Test in Birmingham,” the BCCI official added.

IND vs SA Live: Head coach Rahul Dravid to be available for entire South Africa series, to leave for England on June 20

IND vs SA Live: Head coach Rahul Dravid to be available for entire South Africa series, to leave for England on June 20
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli apart from others in England squad will be leaving on June 16. KL Rahul and others will join after SA series

As for the team for Ireland, BCCI will announce the squad after the completion of the South Africa series. The likes of Rahul Tewatia, Rahul Tripathi and Sanju Samson are likely to be called up for the Ireland series.

After leading Gujarat Titans to their maiden IPL title on debut, he is set to be appointed as the captain for two-match series in Ireland barring any late injuries.

Team India Schedule:

  • IND vs SA 1st T20I: Thursday, 9th June in Delhi
  • IND vs SA 2nd T20I: Sunday, 12th June in Cuttack
  • IND vs SA 3rd T20I: Tuesday, 14th June in Vizag
  • IND vs SA 4th T20I: Friday, 17th June, in Rajkot
  • IND vs SA 5th T20I: Sunday, 19th June in Bengaluru

India Tour of England Schedule:

  • Four-Day Warm-up vs Leicestershire County Cricket Club – June 24-27
  • India A vs Derbyshire T20: July 1
  • India vs England 5th Test – July 1-5 @ Birmingham
  • India A vs Northamptonshire: July 3
  • IND vs ENG 1st T20: July 7 @ Southampton
  • IND vs ENG 2nd T20: July 9 @ Birmingham
  • IND vs ENG 3rd T20: July 10 @ Nottingham
  • IND vs ENG 1st ODI: July 12 @ Kennington Oval
  • IND vs ENG 2nd ODI: July 14 @ Lord’s
  • IND vs ENG 3rd ODI: July 17 @ Manchester

India Tour of Ireland Schedule:

  • IND vs IRE 1st T20: June 26
  • IND vs IRE 2nd T20: June 28

India Squad for South Africa: KL Rahul (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (vice-captain)(wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik

India Test squad for England: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain) Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohd Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna

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