Indian coach Rahul Dravid

Former India team coach and skipper Rahul Dravid. Photo Courtesy:  BCCI Instagram page video grab

Rahul Dravid won hearts with his gesture recently after he refused to take INR 2.5 crore (USD 299,342) extra bonus awarded by the Indian cricket board (BCCI) to the players and coaching staff members following India’s high-octane T20 World victory in West Indies after beating South Africa in the final. Dravid decided to ensure all members of the support staff get equal bonus prizes.

The Indian cricket board announced an INR 125 crore bonus for players and support staff after the victory.

While the players and Rahul Dravid were awarded INR 5 crore, the other members of the support staff, including batting coach Vikram Rathour, bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, and fielding coach T Dilip were slated to receive INR 2.5 crore as bonus, reported India Today.

A source told the Indian news channel that Rahul Dravid told the board that he would only take INR 2.5 crore as a bonus. Dravid ended the Indian team’s coaching career on a high note by mentoring Rohit Sharma and his men, who lifted the T20 World Cup.

Last year, he was left disappointed since India lost the final of the ICC ODI World Cup in Ahmedabad against Australia. The same team had defeated India in the final of the World Test Championship in 2023.