“India is my Home”: Gautam Gambhir on Becoming Head Coach of Team India

“India is my Home”: Gautam Gambhir on Becoming Head Coach of Team India

In a major shakeup in Indian cricket, former cricketer Gautam Gambhir has been named the new head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team, replacing the outgoing Rahul Dravid.

The announcement, made by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday, July 9th, 2024, has sent shockwaves through the cricketing world and sparked mixed reactions from fans and experts alike.

Gambhir, who previously served as a mentor for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL), has no prior experience as a head coach at the international level. However, his successful stint with KKR, culminating in an IPL title win in 2024, seems to have convinced the BCCI that he is the right man to take the Indian team forward.

Gautam Gambhir’s first reaction

In his first reaction after being appointed as the new head coach, Gambhir expressed his gratitude and commitment to the role on X (formerly known as Twitter). Gambhir wrote, “India is my identity, and serving my country has been the greatest privilege of my life. I’m honoured to be back, albeit wearing a different hat. But my goal is the same as it has always been to make every Indian proud.”

Gambhir acknowledged the immense responsibility that comes with leading the Indian team, stating that the “men in blue shoulder the dreams of 1.4 billion Indians.” He vowed to do everything in his power to make those dreams come true, indicating a steely determination to succeed in his new role.

Cacophony or white noise

The former opener also thanked BCCI Secretary Jay Shah for his support and reassured fans that the entire team, together, will strive for excellence and newer heights. This sentiment was echoed by Shah, who praised Gambhir’s appointment and expressed confidence in his ability to lead the team to greater success.

The news of Gambhir’s appointment has triggered social media. While some have welcomed the move, citing his experience as a player and mentor, others have raised concerns about his lack of coaching experience at the international level. However, the majority of fans seem to be optimistic about the “Gambhir era” in Indian cricket, with many taking on social media to express their support and excitement.

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The Lanka assignment

Gambhir’s first assignment as the new head coach will be the upcoming Sri Lanka series, which includes 3 T20Is and 3 ODIs starting from July 27th. He will be looking to hit the ground running and make an immediate impact on the team as he aims to build on the success of the T20 World Cup win under Dravid.

As the Indian cricket team embarks on a new chapter under Gambhir’s mentorship, fans and experts alike will be closely watching to see how he navigates the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. With his unwavering commitment to making India proud and the support of the entire team, Gambhir is poised to make his mark on the world stage as the new head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team.

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