Gautam Gambhir: The Leading Contender for India Men’s Head Coach Role

Gautam Gambhir: The Leading Contender for India Men's Head Coach Role

Gautam Gambhir has formally applied for the role of India’s men’s head coach and was interviewed by the BCCI’s cricket advisory council (CAC) on Tuesday. This decision comes as Rahul Dravid’s tenure draws to a close.

Ashok Malhotra, Jatin Paranjape, and Sulakshana Naik, three former Indian cricket players, make up the CAC, which is in charge of shortlisting applicants. Although the precise number of candidates is yet unknown, it is known that WV Raman, a former batter for India who led the Women’s team from December 2018 to May 2021, has also been interviewed.

Gautam Gambhir’s Coaching Journey

The BCCI has set a May 27 deadline for applicants and held informal discussions with Gambhir during the IPL 2024. As a mentor, Gambhir was instrumental in helping Kolkata Knight Riders win their third title. His coaching background includes coaching the Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL seasons of 2022 and 2023, when he helped the team in making it to the playoffs each time.

Gautam Gambhir’s Vision and Desire

At an event in Abu Dhabi on June 1, Gambhir expressed his desire to coach the Indian team. “I would love to coach the Indian team,” Gambhir said. “There is no bigger honour than representing 140 crore Indians and more across the globe. When you represent India, how can it get bigger than that?”

When asked about his aspirations to help India win a World Cup, Gambhir emphasized the collective effort needed: “It’s not me that will help India win the World Cup; it is 140 crore Indians that will help. If everyone starts praying for us, and we play fearlessly, India will win the World Cup. Yes, I would love to coach India.”

The Path Ahead

Gambhir emerged as the frontrunner after VVS Laxman, the current director of cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), declined interest in the head coach role last year. Dravid, who took over from Ravi Shastri after the T20 World Cup in November 2021, initially signed on for two years until the 2023 ODI World Cup. He later extended his tenure until the ongoing T20 World Cup.

The BCCI has announced that the new head coach will be appointed for three-and-a-half years, from July 2024 to December 2027, overseeing the team in all three formats.

With Gambhir’s rich experience and passion for Indian cricket, his potential appointment as the head coach could usher in a new era for the Indian men’s cricket team.

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