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Gautam Gambhir becomes Team India head coach: Will replace Dravid

Published - 10-JUL-2024 5:9 IST | Updated - 10-JUL-2024 5:9 IST

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Gautam Gambhir becomes Team India head coach: Will replace Dravid

Gautam Gambhir has become the head coach of Team India. BCCI Secretary Jay Shah announced this on Tuesday. 42-year-old Gambhir has replaced Rahul Dravid, popularly known as The Wall.

Dravid tenure ended after the T20 World Cup. Gambhir's tenure will last till July 2027.

Gambhir made Kolkata Knight Riders the champion of IPL-2024 a month and a half ago. He became the mentor of the Kolkata franchise this year. Not only this, Gambhir led Lucknow Super Giants to the playoffs for 2 consecutive seasons in his mentorship.

Tweet by BCCI Secretary Jay Shah-

Shah wrote in the X post- 'Modern-day cricket has developed rapidly and Gambhir has seen it very closely. Gautam has overcome many difficulties in his career. He has played different roles. I am confident that he is the ideal person to take Indian cricket forward. His clear vision, experience enables him to play the coaching role of the Indian team.'

India is my identity; it is a matter of pride to serve the country: Gambhir

After being appointed as the head coach, Gautam Gambhir wrote in a social media post - 'India is my identity and it is a matter of pride for me to serve the country. I am proud to return to Team India, although the cap will be different, but my goal will be the same as it has always been... to make every Indian proud. The dreams of 140 crore Indians are on the shoulders of the Man in Blue and I will make every effort to fulfill them.'

Gambhir has no coaching experience

Gambhir has no coaching experience at the international or domestic level, he has been in charge of the coaching staff in 2 IPL franchises. He was the mentor of Lucknow Super Giants in IPL 2022 and 2023, while he joined KKR in the 2024 season. Gambhir led the team to the playoffs in the first two seasons of his tenure at LSG. This season, he made KKR the champion.

Gambhir won 2 World Cups and 2 IPLs as a player

Gambhir was a part of India's T20 World Cup win in 2007 and ODI World Cup win in 2011 as a player. He captained KKR for seven IPL seasons from 2011 to 2017 and qualified for the playoffs five times. As a captain, he won two titles in 2012 and 2014.

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