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Gautam Gambhir Appointed Head Coach of India Men’s Team

The Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Mr Ashok Malhotra, Mr Jatin Paranjpe and Ms Sulakshana Naik on July 9, unanimously recommended Mr Gautam Gambhir as the Head Coach of Team India (Senior Men). The former India batter will take charge from the upcoming away series against Sri Lanka where Team India are set to play 3 ODIs & 3 T20Is starting July 27.

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, 2024

The BCCI had invited applications for the said position on May 13 to appoint Mr Rahul Dravid’s successor, whose term got over after the ICC T20 World Cup, 2024. The Board would like to take this opportunity to express its heartfelt gratitude to Mr Dravid for his outstanding service as Head Coach. Dravid’s tenure was marked by significant achievements; the most noteworthy being crowned champions of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, 2024.

About Gautam Gambhir’s achievement

Team India also finished as runners-up in the ICC 50-over World Cup, 2023 hosted in India & the ICC World Test Championship in 2023 hosted in England. 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.

His contributions to the Indian team

His remarkable contributions to the Indian team that include:

  • crucial performances in the 2007 ICC World T20 and
  • 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, have cemented his legacy as one of the sport’s greats.
  • Gambhir also led his IPL franchise, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to two title victories in 2012 and 2014.
  • In his role as mentor with KKR in 2024, Gambhir helped the team secure its third IPL title.
  • 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 developing a culture of excellence, discipline, and teamwork, while also nurturing young talent and preparing the team for future challenges on the global stage.

Honour for Gambhir

Mr Gautam Gambhir, Head Coach, Team India said: “It is an absolute honour to serve my tricolour, my people, my country. I am honoured and excited to take on the role of Head Coach for Team India. I have always taken pride while donning the Indian jersey during my playing days and it is going to be no different when I take up this new role. Cricket has been my passion and I look forward to working closely with the BCCI, Head of Cricket – Mr VVS Laxman, the support staff, and, most importantly, the players, as we work towards achieving success in the upcoming tournaments.

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