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No Vinay Kumar, BCCI To Choose Bowling Coach From These Two Former Stars: Report

File photo of Jay Shah and Gautam Gambhir© BCCI

After Gautam Gambhir was appointed as India’s head coach on Tuesday, sources say former fast bowlers Zaheer Khan and Lakshmipathy Balaji are being considered for the national team’s bowling coach position. “The BCCI is discussing the names of Zaheer Khan and Lakshmipati Balaji for the bowling coach position. The BCCI is not interested in Vinay Kumar’s name,” sources told ANI. Zaheer has taken 311 Test wickets in 92 matches and 610 scalps in 309 international matches for the Men in Blue across all formats. He is considered one of the best left-arm fast bowlers to have played the sport.

Balaji represented Team India in eight Test matches, where he took 27 wickets at an average of 37.18. On the other hand, he took 34 wickets at an average of 39.52 in 30 ODIs.

The appointment of a new support staff for Team India comes after Gautam Gambhir was appointed as head coach. The tenure of Paras Mahambrey, who was Team India’s bowling coach, has ended.

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah on Tuesday announced the appointment of former cricketer Gautam Gambhir as the new head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team.

Gambhir was a left-handed opener for the Indian team and served as the team mentor of Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2024 Indian Premier League. KKR lifted their third IPL trophy this season under Gambhir’s guidance.

Jay Shah announced on his official X account that Gambhir has been appointed as the new Head Coach of Team India.

The BCCI secretary added that he has full confidence in Gambhir and that he will be the ideal person to take Indian Cricket forward.

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Mr. @GautamGambhir as the new Head Coach of Team India Cricket. Modern cricket has evolved rapidly and Gautam has witnessed this changing landscape up close. Having risen to the challenge and excelled in a variety of roles throughout his career, I am confident that Gautam is the ideal person to take Indian Cricket forward. His clear vision for #TeamIndia and vast experience make him perfectly suited to take on this exciting and most sought-after coaching role. @BCCI fully supports him as he embarks on this new journey,” Shah wrote on X.

Rahul Dravid’s tenure as the head coach of the Indian national team came to an end after the conclusion of the final match of the 2024 T20 World Cup, where India beat South Africa by seven runs to win the prestigious trophy after 17 years.

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