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Gautam Gambhir Appointed as Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team

BCCI Secretary Jay Shah announced on Tuesday that Gautam Gambhir has been appointed as the new head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team. Shah expressed his excitement on Twitter, stating, “It is with immense pleasure that I welcome Mr. Gautam Gambhir as the new Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team. Modern-day cricket has evolved rapidly, and Gautam has witnessed this changing landscape up close.

Having endured the grind and excelled in various roles throughout his career, I am confident that Gautam is the ideal person to steer Indian Cricket forward.” He emphasized Gambhir’s clear vision for Team India and his vast experience, believing that these qualities make him the perfect candidate for this prestigious role. Shah also assured that the BCCI fully supports Gambhir as he embarks on this new journey.

Reacting to his appointment on social media, Gambhir expressed his honor and commitment, stating, “India is my identity and serving my country has been the greatest privilege of my life. I’m honoured to be back, albeit wearing a different hat. But my goal is the same as it has always been, to make every Indian proud. The men in blue shoulder the dreams of 1.4 billion Indians and I will do everything in my power to make these dreams come true!” Gambhir, a former T20 and ODI World Cup winner, takes over from Rahul Dravid, who stepped down after India’s T20 World Cup victory.

Gambhir recently served as the team mentor for the Kolkata Knight Riders, leading them to the IPL 2024 title and previously captaining the team to two league titles during his playing days. His first assignment as head coach will be the series against Sri Lanka, which includes three T20Is and ODIs. However, Gambhir will be without key players Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Jasprit Bumrah, who have been rested following the World Cup triumph.

The BCCI will soon invite applications for new support staff, as the tenures of batting coach Vikram Rathour, bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, and fielding coach T Dilip ended after the T20 World Cup. Shah mentioned that Gambhir will have the freedom to choose his support staff, and it remains uncertain whether the team will have a batting coach moving forward, given Gambhir’s own successful career as an opening batsman.

The Indian cricket board aims to allow the World Cup-winning captain and other senior players to rest before returning for a full season in September, when Bangladesh will tour India for two Tests and three T20Is.

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Author:- Apoorva Arora

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