Gautam Gambhir reacts on becoming new India head coach; BCCI confirms new support staff will be appointed

Gambhir's tenure will be till December 2027.

Gautam Gambhir | PTIGautam Gambhir was appointed as the new head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team. His tenure is set to begin with the upcoming white-ball tour of Sri Lanka.

BCCI made it clear that new support staff will also be announced shortly in its press release. In the official release, BCCI thanked batting coach Vikram Rathour, bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, and fielding coach T. Dilip for their services and wished them luck for the future.

"The Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Mr. Ashok Malhotra, Mr. Jatin Paranjpe, and Ms. Sulakshana Naik on Tuesday unanimously recommended Mr. Gautam Gambhir as the Head Coach of Team India (Senior Men). The former India batter will take charge from the upcoming away series against Sri Lanka where Team India is set to play 3 ODIs & 3 T20Is starting July 27, 2024.

"The BCCI had invited applications for the said position on May 13th to appoint Mr. Rahul Dravid's successor, whose term got over after the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, 2024.

"The Board would like to take this opportunity to express its heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Dravid for his outstanding service as Head Coach. Dravid's tenure was marked by significant achievements; the most noteworthy being crowned champions of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, in 2024. Team India also finished as runners-up in the ICC 50-over World Cup, 2023 hosted in India & the ICC World Test Championship in 2023 hosted in England," the BCCI press release stated.

"Apart from the team's dominance in bilateral series at home, Dravid's dedication to nurturing young talent and instilling discipline and sportsmanship in the team has been exemplary. The Board also congratulates Mr. Paras Mhambrey (Bowling Coach), Mr. T. Dilip (Fielding Coach), and Mr Vikram Rathour (Batting Coach) on a highly successful tenure. The BCCI values their contribution and wishes them the best going forward.

The BCCI welcomes Gautam Gambhir in his role with Team India. The former Indian opener brings with him a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the game. Known for his exceptional batting prowess and strategic acumen, Gambhir has been a pivotal figure in Indian cricket.

His remarkable contributions to the Indian team which include crucial performances in the 2007 ICC World T20 and the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, have cemented his legacy as one of the sport's greats. Gambhir also led his IPL franchise, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to two title victories in 2012 and 2014. In his role as a mentor with KKR in 2024, Gambhir helped the team secure its third IPL title,” the press release further stated.

In his new role as Head Coach of Team India, Gambhir will be responsible for overseeing the development and performance of the Indian cricket team. His focus will be on developing a culture of excellence, discipline, and teamwork, while also nurturing young talent and preparing the team for future challenges on the global stage," the official press release from BCCI stated.

On the other hand, Gautam Gambhir also reacted to becoming the new team India head coach.

It is an absolute honor to serve my tricolor, my people, my country. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Rahul Dravid and his team of support staff for their exemplary run with the team. I am honored and excited to take on the role of Head Coach for Team India. 

I have always taken pride in donning the Indian jersey during my playing days and it is going to be no different when I take up this new role. Cricket has been my passion and I look forward to working closely with the BCCI, the Head of Cricket – Mr. VVS Laxman, the support staff, and, most importantly, the players, as we work towards achieving success in the upcoming tournaments,” Gambhir said as per BCCI release.

Gautam Gambhir also took to social media and posted a photo of the Indian tricolor with a message for Team India fans.

He posted: “India is my identity and serving my country has been the greatest privilege of my life. I’m honored to be back, albeit wearing a different hat. But my goal is the same as it has always been, to make every Indian proud. The men in blue shoulder the dreams of 1.4 billion Indians and I will do everything in my power to make these dreams come true!”

(BCCI inputs)


By Jatin Sharma - 09 Jul, 2024

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