'Coaching India is different…': Kumble delivers verdict on Gautam Gambhir as head coach, sends stern message to BCCI

Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir is widely touted to become India's next head coach. The BCCI invited applications for the head coach position during the Indian Premier League season last month, and many reports said Gambhir was one of the leading men for the position. Although the former Indian star has no formal experience coaching an international team, he played a key role in Kolkata Knight Riders' title win last month, acting as the team's mentor. 'team.

Gautam Gambhir during IPL 2024 with Kolkata Knight Riders (PTI)
Gautam Gambhir during IPL 2024 with Kolkata Knight Riders (PTI)

Furthermore, Gambhir was also the mentor of Lucknow Super Giants in the 2022 and 2023 seasons of the tournament, where the team reached the playoffs. He was also a successful captain in the league, leading the Knight Riders to two titles in 2012 and 2014.

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As Rahul Dravid's tenure comes to an end following the T20 World Cup, former Indian captain Anil Kumble – who had also served as the team's head coach between 2016 and 2017 – said Gambhir's appointment could have a positive influence on the Indian team. Kumble argued that the Indian dressing room needs an individual with a “strong demeanor” and Gambhir suits.

“You need someone with a strong demeanor and you want continuity,” Kumble said. ESPNCricinfo.

“Rahul (Dravid) has done a fantastic job and I hope for his sake and for India's sake he gets a swan song with the World Cup. What also needs to be kept in mind is that some senior players are reaching the end of their careers. You need players who go through the transition period and ensure that India does not lack quality in bowling and batting. You choose and make the transition.

Kumble added that Gambhir had the qualifications to become India's head coach, but acknowledged that despite his success with KKRthe BCCI will have to give Gambhir time.

“We have to give him time. He is certainly capable of it. We have seen Gautam manage teams. He was captain for India, for his franchise, for Delhi. He has all the qualities to be one. But the coaching of the Indian team is slightly different, you have to give it time to settle down. As I mentioned, in case he accepts this position, he will have the task of taking an interest not only in the current plight, but also in the future of the Indian team. cricket,” Kumble said.

Familiarity doesn't matter

Gambhir has played with a number of cricketers who are still part of the current Indian set-up; Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin, to name a few. For Kumble, however, familiarity doesn't matter as long as the candidate is suitable.

“Today you are part of the system in one way or another. Whether you are a coach or a player, you have played with them or been associated with them in one form or another. It doesn't matter much. What you look at is the application and not whether that particular coach has experience playing with the players,” Kumble said.

“I think it is important to choose the right candidate based on what he can bring to the Indian team, and someone who has the stature and credibility to handle certain situations in the game. Someone who is not afraid to answer these calls.

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