BCCI eyes Gautam Gambhir as potential successor to Rahul Dravid for head coach role

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is considering Gautam Gambhir for the role of Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team as Rahul Dravid’s tenure is set to conclude after the ICC T20 World Cup.

Dravid, currently serving as the head coach, seems reluctant to continue his stint with the Men in Blue. The deadline for applications for the coach position is May 27, just a day after the culmination of IPL 2024. Gambhir, currently mentoring the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), has emerged as a potential candidate.

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Under Gambhir’s mentorship, KKR has shown remarkable performance, leading the IPL 2024 standings after nearly a decade. However, appointing Gambhir as head coach would be a bold move by the BCCI, considering his lack of prior coaching experience at both domestic and international levels.

Gautam Gambhir’s track record as a player speaks volumes, having been part of two World Cup-winning squads (2007 and 2011) and guiding KKR to IPL victory twice (2012 and 2014). After his playing career, Gambhir served as the mentor for Lucknow Super Giants, leading them to the knockout stages in consecutive years.

The decision to consider Gambhir arises as BCCI aims to break India’s ICC trophy drought. Gambhir’s successful stint as a mentor makes him an attractive choice for the coaching position. Whether Gambhir decides to apply for the role within the stipulated timeframe remains to be seen.