Gautam Gambhir on Becoming Coach of Indian Cricket Team: “I Don’t See That Far Ahead”

Gautam Gambhir, the former Indian cricketer, reacted to all guesses that were being floated about his future as head coach for the Indian men’s national cricket team. The tenure of the present incumbent, Rahul Dravid, comes to an end after the T20 World Cup in June, and Gambhir’s name has been doing quite a few rounds about being the strong contender for this fast-approaching vacancy.

Gambhir Reacts

Speaking at an event in Kolkata, Gambhir expressed satisfaction over his present condition and did not confirm anything regarding the coaching job in the future. “I do not see that far ahead. You are grilling me, asking me all tough questions. It’s quite tough to answer right now. All that I will say right now is that I am happy being here. Just finished a brilliant journey with Kolkata Knight Riders. Let’s enjoy that. At the moment, I am in a very happy space,” he told.

While for Gambhir, it was the other way around—team role mattered to him way more than any other individual one. “That entity is the team, obviously, in a team sport. That team is what comprises—shall say in an organization—the most important ingredient. Individuals play a role; individuals do contribute. But when you treat 11 people equally and with respect, everybody is treated equally and respected the same, same responsibility, given the same honor, you actually shall achieve an unbelievable amount of success. You cannot have discrimination in a setup or in an organization,” he added.

Recent Success with KKR
Gambhir recently concluded a successful stint as team mentor of Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2024 Indian Premier League season. Under his mentorship, KKR scaled their third IPL trophy home in style and pointed clearly toward effective leadership and sharp strategic acumen.

Indian Team’s Performance
Presently, Team India is doing pretty well in the ICC T20 World Cup. They opened their campaign quite well in Super 8 with a 47-run victory over Afghanistan. Rohit Sharma’s side stretched its unbeaten record, and this Saturday the team will take on Bangladesh at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.

Conclusion: It was just a friendly match; there is no analysis for it.
Even though Gambhir has shown interest to coach the Indian team, he still doesn’t commit to the possibility by focusing on living in the present and celebrating the recent achievements. The emphasis that he lays on the unity of the team, the equality, can be credited to the leadership philosophy so far successful in IPL. While the cricket world eagerly awaited to see who would turn out to be the successor of Dravid, Gambhir’s name continues in the mix as the fans, together with the analysts, watch closely.

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