Updated May 28th, 2024 at 17:45 IST

'Desh ke liye karna hai': IPL owner confirms Gautam Gambhir's appointment as India head coach

If Gautam Gambhir becomes the next head coach of Team India, his focus will be on achieving international success and eliminating the hero-worshipping culture.

Jay Shah and Gautam Gambhir | Image:PTI/KKR
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In a significant development for Indian cricket, Gautam Gambhir, the former cricketer and current mentor of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), is poised to take over as India's head coach. Gambhir, who as a mentor recently guided KKR to their third IPL title, is widely regarded as the top candidate to replace Rahul Dravid, whose tenure as head coach is set to conclude after next month's T20 World Cup.

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IPL owner confirms Gautam Gambhir's appointment as Team India's head coach 

According to a report in Cricbuzz, the phrase 'desh ke liye karna hai' (we must do it for the country) has become the mantra within the coach selection committee. This sentiment is shared by both the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Gautam Gambhir, emphasizing their commitment to national pride and performance. According to the report, the dialogue between BCCI Secretary Jay Shah and Gautam Gambhir has heavily focused on this nationalism theme.

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Cricbuzz reported on Sunday that a prominent IPL franchise owner, who maintains close ties with the BCCI leadership, confirmed Gautam Gambhir's impending appointment. Additionally, a well-known commentator with inside knowledge of the BCCI's affairs stated that efforts to secure Gambhir's role are in full swing. The absence of an official announcement indicates ongoing negotiations, potentially involving various stakeholders.

Gautam Gambhir's appointment as head coach is expected to usher in a new era for Indian cricket. If Gautam Gambhir becomes the next head coach of Team India, his focus will be on achieving international success and eliminating the hero-worshipping culture within the team.

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Gautam Gambhir's Kolkata Knight Riders recently emerged victorious at the IPL 2024. KKR won their third IPL trophy after defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final on May 26. Gambhir returned to KKR ahead of IPL 2024 season as a mentor of the team. He took some crucial decisions that helped KKR make the turnaround. 

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Published May 28th, 2024 at 17:25 IST