Gautam Gambhir Wants RCB Star as Team India Bowling Coach- Informs BCCI

The simple Gautam Gambhir was named head coach of the Indian cricket team by the BCCI, which hoped that he would bring “Tenacity and leadership” to the position which was held with “remarkable success” by Rahul Dravid until recently. With the former opening batter also looking to bring back his own coaching staff, Gambhir’s arrival isn’t the only change in the India’s coaching setup. Though Abhishek Nayar is one of Gambhir’s preference, as he is currently the head coach at Kolkata Knight Riders, Gambhir reportedly also wants former Indian and Royal Challenger Bengaluru pacer R Vinay Kumar as the bowling coach in the Indian team.

With Gambhir’s coaching tenure beginning with the Sri Lanka series, the BCCI would have to work quickly on the recommendations by Gautam Gambhir.

42-year-old Gambhir was the front-runner to replace Dravid whose tenure ended with India’s T20 World Cup win in Barbados last month.

“It is an absolute honor to serve my tricolor, my people, my country,” said Gambhir in a BCCI statement.

“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 while doing the Indian jersey during my playing days and it is going to be no different when I take up this new role.”

Gambhir said he looks forward to work closely with the BCCI, Head of Cricket, VVS Laxman, the support staff, and, “most importantly, the players, as we work towards achieving success in the upcoming tournaments.” Gambhir’s first assignment as India’s head coach will be of the tour to Sri Lanka for the three T20Is and as many ODIs starting July 27.

“The Board would like to thank former Head Coach, Mr. Rahul Dravid for his brilliant run with the team. Team India now embarks on a journey under a new coach- Mr. Gautam Gambhir,” BCCI president Roger Binny said in a statement.

The Board stated that the Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Ashok Malhotra, Jatin Prajapati and Sulakshana Naik recommended Gambhir on Tuesday. The BCCI had invited applications for the position on 13th may.

“His experience, dedication, and vision for the game make him the ideal candidate to guide our team forward. We are confident that under his leadership, Team India will continue to excel and make the nation proud,” Roger Binny.

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