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Gautam Gambhir appointed head coach of Indian cricket team; BCCI says expects tenacity from him

Gambhir’s first assignment as India coach will be the tour of Sri Lanka for three T20Is and as many ODIs starting July 27

Gautam Gambhir appointed head coach of Indian cricket team; BCCI says expects tenacity from him

Gautam Gambhir. PTI file



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New Delhi, July 9
World Cup-winning former opener Gautam Gambhir was on Tuesday named head coach of the Indian cricket team by the BCCI, which hoped he would bring “tenacity and leadership” to the position that was held with “remarkable success” by Rahul Dravid until recently.

The 42-year-old left-hander, who played a key role in India’s 2011 ODI World Cup triumph, was the front-runner to replace Dravid whose tenure ended with the country’s triumph in the T20 World Cup in Barbados last month.

Gambhir’s first assignment as India coach will be the tour of Sri Lanka for three T20Is and as many ODIs starting July 27.

“The Board would like to thank former Head Coach, Rahul Dravid, for his brilliant run with the team. Team India now embarks on a journey under a new coach — Gautam Gambhir,” said BCCI president Roger Binny in an elaborate statement.

The board stated that Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Ashok Malhotra, Jatin Paranjpe and Sulakshana Naik on Tuesday unanimously recommended Gambhir.

“His appointment as Head Coach marks a new chapter for Indian cricket. His experience, dedication and vision for the game make him the ideal candidate to guide our team forward.

“We are confident that under his leadership, Team India will continue to excel and make the nation proud,” wrote Binny.

The sentiment was echoed by BCCI secretary Jay Shah.

“The baton now passes on to Gautam Gambhir who will don the role of Head Coach from the forthcoming series in Sri Lanka,” he said.

“Gambhir has been a fierce competitor and a brilliant strategist. We believe he will bring the same tenacity and leadership to his role as Head Coach. His transition to the role of Head Coach is a natural progression, and I believe he will bring out the best in our players."

Shah said he expects Gambhir to inspire and lead the team to new heights.

“His vision for the future of Indian cricket aligns perfectly with our goals, and we are excited about the journey ahead,” he added.

As a player, Gambhir led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to IPL titles in 2012 and 2014. He then proved his coaching credentials as the mentor of the KKR team that won the IPL title in 2024.

“It is an absolute honour to serve my Tricolour, my people, my country,” said Gambhir in a BCCI statement.

Gambhir said he looks forward to working closely with the BCCI, head of Cricket VVS Laxman, the support staff, and, “most importantly, the players, as we work towards achieving success in the upcoming tournaments”. 

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