Rahul Dravid’s emotional final speech as head coach

Rahul Dravid’s emotional final speech as head coach

India head coach Rahul Dravid signed off from his coaching stint with a trophy in his hand as the Men in Blue defeated South Africa in the T20 World Cup 2024 final. As the team gathered in the dressing room after the final, Dravid gave a riveting speech with a special message for skipper Rohit Sharma.

In a video shared by the BCCI, Dravid admitted that he is short of words, which doesn’t happen often. In his message for the team, the support staff and all those associated with the team, Dravid said that he couldn’t be more proud of the bunch.

“I’m really short of words but all I just want to say is thank you to everyone for making me a part of what is an incredible memory. I think all of you will remember these moments. I could not be more proud of you guys,” he said.

“To come back the way you did, the way you fought, the way we worked as a team, the resilience, there’s been some disappointments over the years where we’ve come close, we’ve never been able to cross the line. But what this bunch of boys has done, what all of you have done, what everyone in the support staff has done, the hard work that we’ve put in, the sacrifices that we’ve made, you know, I think the whole country is really, really proud of each and every one of you and what you have achieved. And all of you should be,” he added.

“All I can say is thank you so much, man. I really am short of words and I’m not usually short of words, but on a day like today, I think, you know, for me to just be a part of this, I could not be more grateful and I could not be more thankful for the respect, for the kindness, for the effort that each and every one of you have shown to me, to my coaching staff, to my support staff. Thank you so much,” he asserted.

Dravid also thanked the Indian captain, Rohit Sharma for giving him a call in November last year, convincing him to stay as the head coach of the team till the T20 World Cup 2024.

“Just like to say, 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 and every one of you, but also to Ro, thanks for the time. I know as a captain and of course, there’s 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. I think, you know, it’s been brilliant to get to know each and every one of you as a person and yeah, I think it’s your moment, guys, it’s your moment.”

“Behind that great team, there’s also successful organization and just like to acknowledge the work of the BCCI and the people behind the scenes for the work and stuff they’ve done for us,” he concluded.

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