Gautam Gambhir's “request” accepted by the BCCI, to make a coach announcement on…

Gautam Gambhir told the BCCI that he would accept the job if he could decide on the support staff.© BCCI

Former opening hitter Gautam GambhirThe appointment of as head coach of the Indian men's cricket team is all but confirmed. For months, Gambhir has been linked with the Indian coaching job, with current boss Rahul Dravid's contract is expected to expire after the ongoing T20 World Cup. According to Dainik Bhaskar, Gambhir's appointment will be made official by the BCCI in the coming days. After being approached by the BCCI, Gambhir accepted the offer, but made a few demands, which were accepted by the board.

“We have held discussions with Gambhir to become the head coach of the Indian team. He will replace the outgoing Rahul Dravid after the T20 World Cup,” a BCCI source aware of the matter told Dainik Bhaskar. evolution of the situation.

The report also adds that Gambhir told the BCCI that he would accept the job if he could decide on the support staff. His request was granted and the board will make a formal announcement on Gambhir's appointment as head coach later this month.

When Ravi Shastri was the head coach, Vikram Rathour had replaced Sanjay Bangar as batting coach. Rathour managed to retain his place in the support team even after Dravid replaced Shastri as head coach.

Currently, Paras Mhambrey and T Dilip are the bowling and fielding coach respectively. The report also revealed that Gambhir would make changes not only to the support staff but also to the team.

Under Gambhir's mentorship, Kolkata Knight Riders clinched the IPL 2024 title. His leadership within KKR has been widely praised, contributing to his growing profile as a top coaching candidate.

At a recent event, Gambhir suggested that “there is no greater honor than coaching the national team.”

“I would love to coach the Indian team. There is no greater honor than coaching your national team. You represent 140 million Indians and those across the world as well,” the 42-year-old had said .

Gambhir was part of India's winning T20 World Cup team in 2007 and the 2011 ODI World Cup squad.

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