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Business News/ Sports / Cricket News/  Will Gautam Gambhir replace Rahul Dravid as Team India head coach? Report says BCCI has…

Will Gautam Gambhir replace Rahul Dravid as Team India head coach? Report says BCCI has…

Rahul Dravid is reportedly not keen on seeking another tenure. Currently, Gautam Gambhir is the mentor of Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL.

Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir. (Instagram/@gautamgambhir55)Premium
Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir. (Instagram/@gautamgambhir55)

With Team India's head coach Rahul Dravid's term ending after the 2024 T20 World Cup in June, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to appoint former Indian batter Gautam Gambhir as Dravid's successor, reported Cricinfo on May 17.

Currently, Gambhir is the mentor of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the IPL, and the BCCI has contacted him to ask if he is interested in taking the position. The report says the next round of discussions between the BCCI and Gambhir is expected after KKR completes their IPL 2024 campaign.

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The last day to apply for the India head coach job is May 27, a day after the IPL final.

According to reports, Dravid is not interested in seeking another tenure.

Earlier in May, the BCCI posted an advertisement seeking applications for the men's cricket team's head coach position. In the ad, the apex Indian cricket body said that the post is for all three formats for three and a half years, from July 2024 to December 2027.

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Dravid, who started coaching the Indian cricket team after the 2021 T20 World Cup, was supposed to end his stint after the 2023 ODI World Cup in November. But he agreed to an extension until the end of the 2024 T20 World Cup, which will be played in the USA and West Indies from June 1.

Though the former left-handed Indian batter has no experience coaching at international or domestic levels, Gambhir has mentored Lucknow Super Giants in IPL 2022 and 2023. He is also currently the mentor of Kolkata Knight Riders. Both teams have qualified for the playoffs.

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Gambhir's stats:

Gautam Gambhir played 147 One-Day International matches for India between 2003 and 2013 and scored 5,238 runs. His highest score is an unbeaten 150, and he has hit 11 centuries.

He played 58 tests between 2004 and 2016 and scored 4,154 runs. His highest test score is 206, and he has made nine centuries.

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Between 2007 and 2018, Gambhir played 251 T20I matches for India, scoring 6,402 runs, including 93 runs at his highest.

He also contributed to India's T20 World Cup triumph in 2007 and the ODI World Cup victory in 2011. Gambhir also led KKR for seven IPL seasons from 2011-2017, during which time the franchise won two titles in 2012 and 2014.

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Published: 17 May 2024, 09:19 PM IST
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