Gambhir appointed as Team India head coach

Mumbai, July 9 (Agency) The Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising Ashok Malhotra, Jatin Paranjpe, and Sulakshana Naik, has unanimously recommended Gautam Gambhir as the new Head Coach of Team India (Senior Men). The former India batsman will assume his duties starting with the upcoming away series against Sri Lanka, where Team India is set to play three ODIs and three T20Is, commencing on July 27. Gambhir expressed his excitement, saying, “It is an absolute honor to serve my country. I congratulate Rahul Dravid and his team for their exemplary run. I am excited to take on the role of Head Coach and look forward to working closely with the BCCI, Head of Cricket VVS Laxman, the support staff, and the players to achieve success in the upcoming tournaments.” The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had invited applications for the position on May 13 to find a successor for Rahul Dravid, whose term concluded after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. The former Indian opener brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the game. Known for his exceptional batting prowess and strategic acumen, Gambhir has been a pivotal figure in Indian cricket.

His remarkable contributions to the Indian team, including crucial performances in the 2007 ICC World T20 and the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, have cemented his legacy as one of the sport’s greats. Gambhir also led the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014 and helped the team secure its third title as a mentor in 2024. In his new role as Head Coach of Team India, Gambhir will be responsible for overseeing the development and performance of the Indian cricket team. His focus will be on fostering a culture of excellence, discipline, and teamwork, while also nurturing young talent and preparing the team for future challenges on the global stage. BCCI President Roger Binny commented, “The Board thanks Rahul Dravid for his brilliant run with the team. Under Gambhir’s leadership, we are confident that Team India will continue to excel and make the nation proud.” BCCI Honorary Secretary Jay Shah added, “We thank Rahul Dravid and his team for their stellar efforts. Gambhir’s transition to Head Coach is a natural progression, and we believe he will bring out the best in our players.”

Rajeev Shukla, Vice-president, BCCI, stated, “Congratulations to Gautam Gambhir. His illustrious career and profound cricketing insights make him a perfect fit for this role.” The BCCI extended its heartfelt gratitude to Rahul Dravid for his outstanding service as Head Coach. Dravid’s tenure was marked by significant achievements, including winning the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. Under his leadership, Team India also finished as runners-up in the ICC 50-over World Cup 2023 and the ICC World Test Championship 2023. Apart from the team’s dominance in bilateral series at home, Dravid’s dedication to nurturing young talent and instilling discipline and sportsmanship in the team has been exemplary. The BCCI also congratulated Paras Mhambrey (Bowling Coach), T Dilip (Fielding Coach), and Vikram Rathour (Batting Coach) on a highly successful tenure. BCCI Treasurer Ashish Shelar remarked, “Congratulations to Gautam Gambhir on his appointment. His leadership and mentorship qualities will inspire the team.” BCCI Joint Secretary Devajit Saikia added, “Welcoming Gautam Gambhir as the new Head Coach gives me immense pleasure. His strategic know-how will be invaluable.”