Gautam Gambhir Appointed as New Head Coach of Indian Cricket Team

By Real11 - Jul 10 2024 36 Views

Gautam Gambhir appointed as the new head coach of the Indian cricket team

The Indian cricket Board, following a massive shakeup, announced on Friday that Gautam Gambhir would be the new head coach of the Indian Men's Cricket Team. Gambhir, 42, will become the former Indian opening batsman to take over the charge from Rahul Dravid, who resigned from the post soon after India's emphatic campaign in World T20 League 2024.

Gambhir's first assignment would be the tour of Sri Lanka, starting July 27th, which consists of 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is. That will certainly be a very significant career transition for a man who happens to be one of those decorated cricketers and an integral part of India's successful campaigns in the 2007 World T20 League and the 2011 ODI World Series as a player.

Indian Cricket Board Secretary Jay Shah said, "As the new Head Coach of Team India, Gambhir will take responsibility for the development process and performance of the Indian cricket team. Attention will be paid to creating a culture of excellence, discipline, and teamwork, apart from nurturing young talent and getting them ready for emerging challenges on the global stage in due course."

Though Gambhir has never coached at the international level, he has been a mentor for quite a few Ind T20 League teams, including Kolkata, this year's champions. Shah spoke of Gambhir knowing the modern game inside out and how he would help the team in moving forward.

Much applause was showered on the outgoing head coach, Rahul Dravid, as he bowed out of a very successful stint in which India emerged as an all-format powerhouse. Under Dravid, the team made the final of the World Test Series and the 50-over World Series in 2023 and also won the World T20 League in 2024.

Congratulations have also come in for Gambhir from the Indian Cricket Board President, Roger Binny, who expects him to build further on the success of the past year. "His experience, dedication, and vision for the game make him the apt man to guide our team further. We are pretty confident of Team India doing well and making the country proud under his leadership," said Mr. Binny.

Gambhir, who represented India in 58 Tests, 147 ODIs, and 37 T20 Internationals, said he was looking forward to new challenges in his career. "India is my identity. Serving the country has been the biggest privilege of my life. I am proud to be back, though in a different capacity. But the objective remains the same: to make every Indian proud," he said.

Similar to the fans, the cricket fraternity is waiting with bated breath to see how Gambhir's leadership acumen and coaching expertise will be used for the betterment of the Indian men's cricket team in the coming years.


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