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Who will be the new Head Coach of Indian team after Rahul Dravid?


Rahul Dravid’s tenure comes to an end: Finally, the wait has been over, and Team India have ended a long ICC trophy drought by winning the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 in Guyana. It was a close encounter against South Africa on Saturday at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, and eventually, India won the game by 7 runs to clinch their second World T20 title. It took India 11 years to win an ICC title, and it was a perfect farewell for head coach Rahul Dravid.

It was the last game for Dravid as head coach because his tenure has come to an end. Famously known as “The Wall,” Rahul Dravid’s tenure ended six months ago when India finished the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 as runners-up. But the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) gave Dravid a six-month extension as head coach.

Gautam Gambhir’s appointment as new Head Coach after Rahul Dravid is confirmed – Reports

As per the media report, it has been learned that Gautam Gambhir is the front-runner for the position of new head coach, which has almost been finalized. Gambhir was also interviewed for the position, and BCCI President Roger Binny also said in an interview with ANI that Gambhir is the right candidate for this game.

Binny said, “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.” He also said that they are looking for someone who represents India in all three formats, as Gambhir did.

On the other hand, Gambhir himself said that he would love to become the coach of India. He said in an interview with PTI, “I would love to coach the Indian team. There is no bigger honour than coaching your national team. You are representing 140 crore Indians and those across the globe as well.”

Notably, the former opener made five conditions before taking on the role of head coach, which included complete authority over team selection, a format-wise team, and the right to sack senior players if they don’t perform well. Though there is no official confirmation from the BCCI, but Gambhir might soon replace Rahul Dravid.

Notably, VVZ Laxman will travel as interim coach with Team India for a five-match T20 series against Zimbabwe. On the other hand, Gambhir doesn’t have coaching experience at the international level. He has worked as a mentor with Lucknow Super Giants for two seasons, and LSG made the playoffs. Then, as mentor, Kolkata Knight Riders won the IPL 2024 under his guidance.

Also Read: T20 World Cup 2024 Final Scorecard | India vs South Africa Final Match Scorecard

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