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U19 CWC Final-winning coaches: What next for Rahul Dravid?

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Rahul Dravid has become the latest coach to win the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup Final, but what happened to his predecessors after their triumphs?

Rahul Dravid guided India to the 2018 ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup title in style. His side won all of their six matches and were dominant throughout the tournament, completing a wonderful time in New Zealand with an eight-wicket win over Australia in the final.

But with victory secured and players focusing on new goals, what's next for Dravid? The former India Test batsman said, "It is the end of the road in some ways". As well as being in charge of the U19s, Dravid is also responsible for the India A side, so he's in a good place.

Looking at back at the previous coaches who have won the U19 CWC, it seems Dravid has a promising pathway ahead of him.    

2014: Ray Jennings (South Africa)

Ray Jennings has been a familiar face in South African cricket for some time
Ray Jennings has been a familiar face in South African cricket for some time

Jennings was already an established international coach and U19 CWC veteran when he guided the Proteas to their first U19 title in the UAE.

The former South Africa Test player had already taken charge of the senior side and led the U19s since 2006, before he took a side which contained current Test players Aiden Markram, Kagiso Rabada and Andile Phehlukwayo to the 2014 tournament.

The Proteas beat Afghanistan and Australia in the knock-out stages and Pakistan in the final in Dubai to claim a maiden U19 CWC win. As well as plenty of international coaching experience, Jennings was also head coach of Indian Premier League side Royal Challengers Bangalore from 2009 to 2013. 

2012: Bharat Arun (India)

As a player Arun turned out for the India U19 side and toured Sri Lanka in 1979 under the captaincy of current India head coach Ravi Shastri. 

After calling time on his playing career in 1993, he progressed into coaching, eventually becoming head bowling coach at the BCCI's National Cricket Academy. From there he led India in the 2012 ICC U19 CWC in Australia in search of the country's third title.

The tournament was a great success, as a side led by the runs of Unmukt Chand beat the hosts in the final in Townsville. Arun has since been recognised for his coaching, with former teammate Shastri appointing him as the senior side's bowling coach in July 2017.

2008: Dav Whatmore (India)

Dav Whatmore has coached Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Zimbabwe
Dav Whatmore has coached Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Zimbabwe

Unlike some of the other U19 CWC winners, Whatmore already had global experience in high-level cricket coaching before winning an U19 tournament. Whatmore won the 1996 ICC Cricket World Cup with Sri Lanka and had guided Bangladesh to their first Test win in 2005, among other achievements.

In 2008 he moved from being director of operations at India's National Cricket Academy to U19s coach, taking a side captained by Virat Kohli – and containing Ravindra Jadeja, Manish Pandey and Iqbal Abdulla – to Malaysia, where they beat South Africa in the final.

Since then, Whatmore has continued to coach all over the world, taking charge of Pakistan and Zimbabwe, as well as assisting Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland and UAE in their preparations for the 2015 CWC. 

2006: Mansoor Rana (Pakistan)

Rana has been a constant in Pakistani cricket for some time. While he made two ODI appearances for the national side as a player, it is as coach where he has made the biggest impact.

He took his side to the 2006 U19 CWC in Sri Lanka looking to make it back-to-back tournament wins following their victory in Bangladesh in 2004. Rana achieved just that – a feat that has not been repeated since. A side containing Sarfraz Ahmed, Imad Wasim and Nasir Jamshed beat rivals India in the final, with Rana picking out Sarfraz as a future captain.

Rana enjoyed the dual role as the U19 and Pakistan A coach so much that he is still in the job to this day. Pakistan finished third in New Zealand under his guidance this time out.

2000: Roger Binny (India)

Roger Binny coached an Asia XI in 2007
Roger Binny coached an Asia XI in 2007

Binny played 99 internationals for India across the Test match and ODI formats before embarking on a role in coaching and administration in India.

In 2000 he took charge of India U19s for the trip to Sri Lanka, where they beat the hosts by six wickets in the final to claim their first title, with Yuvraj Singh claiming Player of the Tournament. 

After his success in Sri Lanka, Binny was appointed head coach of Bengal in 2009 before becoming a national selector on the BCCI board in 2012.

1998: John Abrahams (England)

A distinguished first-class cricketer, Abrahams turned to coaching and had the experience of taking Owais Shah, Graeme Swann and Rob Key to South Africa where they beat New Zealand in the final in Johannesburg.

Abrahams has remained involved in England's coaching system. He remained U19s coach for some time and is now an important part of the selection panel for squads.

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