Gautam Gambhir Set to Become India's Head Cricket Coach After T20 World Cup 2024: Report

Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir is the leading candidate to become the next head coach of Team India, according ...

By Lokmat English Desk | Published: May 28, 2024 06:01 PM2024-05-28T18:01:18+5:302024-05-28T18:09:37+5:30

Gautam Gambhir Set to Become India's Head Cricket Coach After T20 World Cup 2024: Report | Gautam Gambhir Set to Become India's Head Cricket Coach After T20 World Cup 2024: Report

Gautam Gambhir Set to Become India's Head Cricket Coach After T20 World Cup 2024: Report

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Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir is the leading candidate to become the next head coach of Team India, according to reports from Cricbuzz. Current coach Rahul Dravid's tenure will end after the T20 World Cup in 2024, and he is not expected to reapply for the position.

Gambhir, who has had discussions with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), is believed to be the front-runner for the role. The deadline for applications was Monday, May 27. Though no official confirmation has been made, sources suggest that negotiations are ongoing, with both parties committed to the idea of "doing it for the country."

"The buzzword inside the coach selection circle is 'desh ke liye karna hai' (we must do it for the country). Both the BCCI and Gambhir share this belief," a report stated.

A top IPL franchise owner, closely connected with the BCCI, reportedly confirmed Gambhir’s appointment, calling it a "done deal," with an official announcement expected soon. Additionally, a reputed commentator linked to the BCCI indicated that efforts are being made to finalize Gambhir’s role.

Gambhir, who has recently been seen conversing with BCCI Secretary Jay Shah, has indicated to his close associates that he is considering the position. Even Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) owner Shah Rukh Khan is aware of the development.

Leaving his current role as a mentor for KKR, however, presents challenges. Under Gambhir's guidance, the Shreyas Iyer-led team won the IPL 2024, and KKR's owners are keen to retain him. Reports suggest that Shah Rukh Khan has even offered Gambhir a blank cheque to stay with the franchise for 10 years.

Currently, the BCCI lacks many quality options for the head coach role. VVS Laxman, once seen as a top candidate, did not express interest in the position.

Gambhir’s potential appointment as Team India head coach would mark a significant shift, reflecting both his cricketing acumen and his commitment to Indian cricket.

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