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Gautam Gambhir Appointed as New Head Coach of Team India

In a significant development for Indian cricket, former opening batsman Gautam Gambhir has been appointed as the new head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team. Gambhir, a World Cup winner, will take charge of the upcoming away series against Sri Lanka, comprising 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is, starting on July 27, 2024. His appointment comes after the successful tenure of Rahul Dravid, who saw India win the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2024 and finish second in the ICC 50-over World Cup in 2023 and the ICC World Test Championship in 2023.

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Gambhir’s Legacy and Vision

Known for his exceptional batting prowess and strategic intelligence, Gambhir has left an indelible mark on Indian cricket. His crucial performances in the 2007 ICC World T20 and the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup cemented his legacy as one of the sport’s greats. A former captain of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), he led the team to two IPL title triumphs (2012 and 2014) and mentored them to secure their third title in 2024.

A veteran of 58 Tests and 147 ODIs, Gambhir, in his new role as head coach, will aim to nurture a culture of excellence, discipline and teamwork within the Indian cricket team. His wealth of experience and deep understanding of the game makes him ideally placed to take the team forward. His focus will be on nurturing young talent and preparing the team for future global challenges.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has expressed gratitude to Rahul Dravid for his exceptional service as the previous head coach and welcomed Gambhir as the new maestro behind Team India’s success. As the team steps into this new chapter, all eyes will be on Gambhir’s leadership and vision as he takes on one of the most prestigious coaching roles in world cricket.

Former Team India player Rahul Dravid, who took over from Ravi Shastri in 2021, has done an impressive job, leading the team to several victories in both Tests and limited-overs finals.

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