I would love to coach the Indian team: Gautam Gambhir

Former India slugger Gautam Gambhir has said he would “love to coach” the national team amid speculation he is the frontrunner for the top job.

Gambhir recently guided Kolkata Knight Riders to their third IPL title and is seen as a capable successor to Rahul Dravid, whose contract expires after the T20 World Cup underway.

The deadline to apply for the head coach position was May 27, but it is still unclear whether Gambhir has submitted his application.

“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 said at an event in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

Earlier this week, former India captain Sourav Ganguly had backed Gambhir for the post of India head coach, saying “he is a good candidate”.

Gambhir was addressing a gathering of students at Medeor Hospital in Abu Dhabi.

When one of the students asked him if he could coach the Indian cricket team and help them win the World Cup with his experience, Gambhir replied, “I didn't answer that question even so many people have asked me this. But I have to answer you now.

“It’s 140 million Indians who will help India win the World Cup. If everyone starts praying for us and we start playing and representing them, India will win the World Cup. The most important thing is not to be afraid,” Gambhir said.

The former opener, who was on a personal trip to the UAE, visited the sports medicine department of Medeor Hospital.

During the visit, he met young cricket enthusiasts from different academies in Abu Dhabi and shared his views on his inspiring journey and recent achievements.

Gambhir, who was a key member of the Indian team that won the 2007 World T20 and the 2011 ODI World Cup, has been praised for his recent success with KKR.

“A secure dressing room is a happy dressing room, and a happy dressing room ultimately becomes a winning dressing room. The only thing I did at KKR was follow that mantra. With the grace of God, it actually worked,” he said.

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