‘Have to do it for the country’: Gautam Gambhir

The deadline for submitting applications for the position of the Indian men’s cricket team head coach ended on Monday, but the BCCI is yet to announce the candidates applying for the post or reveal the date for the official announcement of Rahul Dravid’s successor. Well, the board still has time till the end of the 2024 T20 World Cup, which begins on June 1, when Dravid’s contract expires, to make the announcement.

During the BCCI’s search over the last few months, several foreign options were linked with the high-profile position, including the likes of Stephen Fleming, Ricky Ponting and Justin Langer. All three declined the offer due to their association with the Indian team till the 2027 ODI World Cup While reports indicated that the BCCI was in favour of roping in the New Zealand legend, who is the current head coach of Chennai Super Kings, board secretary Jay Shah revealed that the two former Australian cricketers were not approached by the BCCI. Shah further clarified that the BCCI is keen to appoint an Indian as the head coach as the experienced player will be aware of the domestic structure. This happened when Gautam Gambhir came to the forefront, his popularity increased even more when he led the Kolkata Knight Riders team to win the IPL title as a mentor.