T2- World Cup: 3 ICC finals in just 1 year, Rohit Sharma-Rahul Dravid pair deserves a happy ending

This will be Rahul Dravid’s last day as India’s coach. On Saturday, June 29, it will probably be Rohit Sharma’s last day as India’s captain in T20I cricket when the Asian giants take on South Africa in the final of the Men’s T20 World Cup in Barbados. With a billion dreams, the superhit duo is eyeing a happy ending. And it deserves one! However, no one is entitled to anything in sports. You have to perform on the day.

Nevertheless, it would be fitting if India’s 11-year wait for the International Cricket Council (ICC) crown is ended by the leadership group of Rohit and Dravid. Rohit and Dravid have gone through a period of ups and downs after coming together in 2021, which has arguably seen Indian cricket flourish and rise. Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid have taken good care of the processes, especially after the 2022 T20 World Cup debacle. When Dravid took over as the head coach of the team in 2021, he was seen as a messiah.

This marks the end of an era in which the white-ball team looked weak and did not have the sense of invincibility that a team run by the richest cricket board should have had. An early exit in the T20 World Cup 2021 and a 2019 semifinal loss made it clear that Indian white-ball cricket needed a course correction. After Virat Kohli stepped away from captaincy, Rahul and Rohit tried to make many improvements in the team. Slowly it started to pay off.

Outgoing India head coach Rahul Dravid lauded the national team for showing incredible consistency during his tenure. Under Dravid’s leadership, India have reached three finals in ICC tournaments (including the T20 World Cup 2024) and attained the top team status in all three formats of the game. Speaking at the pre-match press conference ahead of the final against South Africa in Barbados, Dravid lauded the Indian side and credited the Indian cricketers for doing an incredible job.

The Rohit Sharma-led Indian side have reached the final of the T20 World Cup 2024 without losing a single game in the tournament. India’s performance in the competition is similar to their home World Cup in 2023. India come into the final as favourites, having played a match in Barbados before the summit clash.

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