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Ro, thank you very much for making that call – Rahul Dravid thanks Rohit Sharma in farewell speech

03 Jul, 2024
Ro, thank you very much for making that call – Rahul Dravid thanks Rohit Sharma in farewell speech
03 Jul, 2024 By Editor

Alongside Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja’s retirements, Rahul Dravid’s stint as the India cricket team coach also came to an end and the former Indian captain decided to call it a day. Despite coming close on multiple occasions, Team India failed to get hold of an ICC silverware under the chaperonage of the Wall.

However, back in November 2023, when India succumbed to Australia in the grand finale, Dravid actually wanted to bid adieu. However, on the persistence of Rohit Sharma, he decided to stay back and continue his stint until the end of his contract. The tale of him staying back with an objective is that of a thousand splendid suns inspiring all of us.

Talking in a dressing room video posted by BCCI, Rahul Dravid said, “Ro, thank you very much for making that call to me in November and asking [me] to continue. I think it's been such a privilege and a pleasure to work with each and every one of you, but Ro, also thanks for the time. There is a lot of time we have to chat, we have to discuss, we have to agree, we have to disagree at times, but thank you so very much."

Talking about the historic moment, Jammy said, “I'm not usually short of words but on a day like today, for me to be part of this, I could not be more grateful. For the respect, for the kindness, for the effort that each and everyone of you have shown to me, to my coaching staff, to my support staff.”

He further added, “All of you will remember these moments. We always say, it is not about the runs, it is not about the wickets, you never remember your career but you remember moments like this, so let's really enjoy."

Passing a quick message for Virat Kohli, Dravid said, “All three whites ticked off. One red to go. Tick it." Just in case you are wondering, it is a reference to Team India winning the T20 World Cup in 2024, the ODI World Cup in 2011, the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 with Virat Kohli being a part of the team. The only silverware that still remains to be clinched for Virat is the Mace. Despite India being a part of the two WTC finals, they were defeated first by New Zealand in 2021 and then by Australia in 2023.