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Rahul Dravid declined an additional Rs 2.5 crore bonus offered to him alongside the Indian men’s cricket team after their T20 World Cup 2024 win.

After India’s victory in the T20 World Cup 2024 final, former Indian head coach Rahul Dravid was offered Rs 5 crore, the same amount as the players, but declined the extra bonus. Instead, Dravid opted to receive Rs 2.5 crore, aligning his payment with that of his support staff—bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, fielding coach T Dilip, and batting coach Vikram Rathore.

This decision, reported by The Hindustan Times, was based on Dravid’s desire for parity among the coaching staff, as confirmed by a BCCI source. Initially, the BCCI announced a total prize fund of Rs 125 crore, with each player and Dravid slated to receive Rs 5 crore, while the other coaches were set to receive Rs 2.5 crore each, as reported by the Indian Express.

Dravid’s principled stance on equality in recognition dates back to his tenure with the U-19 team in 2018, where he advocated for equal cash awards for all staff members, including himself, despite his higher stature. This insistence on fairness led to a revised award structure of ₹25 lakhs for each member of the coaching staff.

Dravid, revered for his achievements as a player despite never winning a World Cup himself, achieved this milestone as head coach. Captain Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli had publicly credited Dravid for his instrumental role in their success, with Rohit praising Dravid’s approachability and leadership during their campaign. Following India’s loss in the ODI World Cup finals last year, Rohit personally persuaded Dravid to continue coaching for the T20 World Cup.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2024

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