Gautam Gambhir Appointed India's New Cricket Head Coach


July 10, 2024 · 1 min read

Gautam Gambhir Appointed India's New Cricket Head Coach
Other Sports | July 10, 2024
Gautam Gambhir holds the distinction of being the youngest head coach in the history of the Indian cricket team. (Image: AFP)

Gautam Gambhir, former opening batsman, has taken on the role of India’s new head coach, succeeding Rahul Dravid after his contract expired following India’s victorious T20 World Cup campaign. Gambhir, aged 42, recently led Kolkata Knight Riders to an Indian Premier League title in May before assuming this prestigious role. Expressing his pride in representing India, Gambhir stated, “India is my identity, and serving my country has been the greatest privilege of my life. I’m honored to be back, albeit in a different capacity.”

His career spans from making his debut in 2003 to amassing over 10,000 runs across all formats before retiring in 2016. Following retirement, he ventured into commentary and politics, eventually returning to cricket in a coaching capacity with Kolkata. BCCI secretary Jay Shah expressed confidence in Gambhir’s ability to lead, saying, “Having endured the grind and excelled in various roles throughout his career, I am confident that Gautam is the ideal person to steer Indian Cricket forward.”

Jay Shah highlighted Gambhir’s clear vision and extensive experience, ideal qualities for such a pivotal coaching position. Gautam Gambhir’s tenure begins with a white-ball series against Sri Lanka later this month. India’s recent T20 World Cup victory, ending a 13-year title drought, underscores the team’s current success and Gambhir’s promising start as head coach.