Gautam Gambhir appointed as Indian Men's Cricket Team Head Coach

Former Indian left-handed batter Gautam Gambhir will replace Rahul Dravid as the new Indian Men's Cricket Team head coach. Dravid's tenure ended with India lifting the T20 World Cup 2024 title.

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Gautam Gambhir the new head coach of Team India

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Gautam Gambhir has been appointed as the new Indian cricket team's head coach. BCCI secretary Jay Shah confirmed on social media on Wednesday. The former India cricketer will replace Rahul Dravid who recently won the T20 World Cup 2024 title with the team. Gambhir led Kolkata Knight Riders to their first IPL title as the mentor after 10 years.

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Gautam Gambhir is the new head coach of Team India

"It is with immense pleasure that I welcome Mr GautamGambhir as the new Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team. Modern-day cricket has evolved rapidly, and Gautam has witnessed this changing landscape up close. 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. His clear vision for #TeamIndia, coupled with his vast experience, positions him perfectly to take on this exciting and most sought-after coaching role. The BCCI fully supports him as he embarks on this new journey," Jay Shah posted on X.

Dravid served in the role from November 2022 to June 2024 and stepped down after India's T20 World Cup 2024 campaign in the USA and West Indies. Under Dravid, India reached the final of the ICC World Test Championship and the 50-over World Cup in 2023, and won the T20 World Cup in 2024.

Gambhir served as a mentor in multiple IPL teams, including Kolkata Knight Riders, who won the title this year. As a player, he has been a part of India's World Cup-winning campaigns in 2007 and 2011. 

Earlier, Jay Shah also posted a message for Rahul Dravid who ended his tenure by winning the T20 World Cup 2024.

"I express my sincere thanks and gratitude to Mr Rahul Dravid whose highly successful tenure as the Head Coach draws to a close. Under his guidance, India emerged as a dominant force across formats, including being crowned ICC Men's T20 World Cup champions!"

"His strategic acumen, persistent efforts to nurture talent, and exemplary leadership have instilled a culture of excellence within the team and that is also the legacy he leaves behind. The Indian dressing room today is one cohesive unit standing together through challenges while reveling in each other's success."

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