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BCCI President Roger Binny seemingly points at Gautam Gambhir as next India head coach

BCCI President Roger Binny seemingly points at Gautam Gambhir as next India head coach

Gautam Gambhir, who played a crucial role in India's 2011 World Cup win, has been vocal about his desire to coach the national team.

As the curtain falls on Rahul Dravid’s tenure following India’s triumphant T20 World Cup 2024 campaign, speculation mounts over who will step into the role of head coach for the Indian cricket team. Among the frontrunners is former opener Gautam Gambhir, whose potential appointment has sparked significant interest and support.

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India T20 World Cup 2024 Triumph

India, led by Rohit Sharma, clinched the T20 World Cup trophy for the second time by defeating South Africa in a thrilling final by just seven runs. This victory not only marked a historic achievement for the team but also concluded Dravid’s stint as head coach on a high note.

Roger Binny endorsement of Gautam Gambhir?

In light of this development, BCCI President Roger Binny congratulated the team on their success and expressed his thoughts on Gambhir potentially taking up the mantle of head coach. “Gautam Gambhir has got a lot of experience, and if he takes the job, it’s definitely going to be a good thing for Indian cricket,” Binny stated to ANI. “He has played in all three formats, and that experience is what India needs.”

Gautam Gambhir interest in role

Gautam Gambhir, who played a crucial role in India’s 2011 World Cup win, has been vocal about his desire to coach the national team. He has expressed that it would be an honour to serve in such a capacity. Despite the rumours and endorsements, Gambhir has remained reserved about the possibility of replacing Dravid.

Challenge of replacing Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma

The T20 World Cup win also marked the end of an era for Indian cricket, with stalwarts Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli announcing their retirement from T20 internationals.

Roger Binny acknowledged the significant impact these players have had on the team and the challenge of finding suitable replacements. “They have been outstanding…it is going to be very difficult to replace them immediately…it is going to be a great loss at the moment. Hopefully, we should get some young cricketers, the IPL is full of talent,” Binny remarked.

Rahul Dravid legacy

Under Rahul Dravid’s leadership, Team India made significant strides, reaching the finals of both the ODI World Cup and the 2023 World Test Championship. Despite these near-misses, Dravid’s tenure is highlighted by the end of an 11-year ICC title drought, capped off by the T20 World Cup victory.

Roger Binny praised Dravid’s contributions, saying, “Rahul as a cricketer has been fantastic. His contribution to the team has been tremendous because of the experience he brought to the table.”

Path forward for India Cricket Team

As the BCCI deliberates on the next head coach, the potential appointment of Gautam Gambhir brings excitement and anticipation. His extensive experience and passion for the game make him a strong candidate to guide the Indian team in its next chapter. With a focus on nurturing young talent and building on recent successes, the future of Indian cricket looks promising.

The cricketing world now waits for the official announcement, which could see Gambhir stepping into one of the most prestigious roles in the sport, continuing the legacy of excellence and inspiring the next generation of Indian cricketers.


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