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India head coach hunt: Why Gautam Gambhir could be a bad news for Virat Kohli & Rohit Sharma?

India head coach hunt: Why Gautam Gambhir could be a bad news for Virat Kohli & Rohit Sharma?

With Gautam Gambhir most likely to become the next India head coach, veterans Virat Kohli & Rohit Sharma face a potential exclusion in white-ball formats

India cricket team is on the verge of getting a new head coach and it could mean bad news for veterans Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Gautam Gambhir is likely to succeed Rahul Dravid as the next coach and when that happens, the Ro-Ko duo will mostly find themselves out of the side for T20Is. There will be a significant change in the approach that the team will take when GG takes over the reins and it isn’t anything like what Rahul Dravid had deployed.

End of road in T20Is for Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma?

One cannot forget why Anil Kumble resigned as India’s coach despite having a stellar run. Virat Kohli, who was India’s skipper back then, opposed the legendary spinner’s style of coaching, leading to a change of guard despite helming the side to victory in multiple series and guiding them to the Champions Trophy final in 2017. Cut to 2024, one can hardly imagine how Gambhir and Kohli will co-exist, given their vociferous nature.

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As for Rohit Sharma, his future in T20Is is all but over, given that he is 37-years-old and will have to eventually pave way for youngsters in the side. The Indian skipper, who is expected to continue to lead the side in Tests, will be expected to hand over the captaincy of the white-ball formats to others.

And it’s pertinent to point out that reports have claimed that Gambhir has demanded two separate teams for the red and white ball formats and that the BCCI has accepted his proposition. This could very well mean the it is the end of the road for the Hitman in the shortest format of the game.

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