Gautam Gambhir is keen to replace Dravid as head coach, according to the report. But there is “one condition”

Gautam Gambhir is KKR's mentor in IPL 2024© BCCI/Sportzpics

As the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) intensifies its search for the new head coach of the men's national team, the names of several renowned former cricketers have surfaced. Laxman Plumbing And Gautam Gambhir were the top Indian names that emerged as the board rolled out the ad to find Rahul Dravid's replacement. The tastes of Ricky Ponting, Justin Langer, Stephen Fleming, etc. were also on the board's shortlist. But it seems the No.1 candidate on the BCCI radar is Kolkata Knight Riders mentor Gautam Gambhir.

According to a report published in Dainik Jagran, Gambhir is also keen to take up the position of India's head coach, even though it is only his first year as KKR's mentor. But the former Indian batter has 'one condition' before filling the application form.

The report claims that Gambhir is only willing to apply for the position if he is given a “guarantee of selection”. The former Indian opening batter doesn't just want to be a candidate for the job. Only the certainty of being selected to replace Dravid would see Gambhir throw his hat into the ring.

The deadline to apply for the head coaching position is May 27. It is not yet clear how many potential coaches have put their names forward for the role. The BCCI recently denied contacting Ricky Ponting and Justin Langer for the head coaching position, although the duo claimed they were approached but decided to turn down the offer.

If Gambhir applies for the position and takes on the role, he will have to step down from his position as mentor of the Knight Riders. The former left-handed batter, who also won the IPL with KKR as captain twice, has been credited for the franchise's resurgence this year. KKR's performance in IPL 2024 has been one of the main reasons behind Gambhir's actions as India's potential head coach.

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