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Forme r India batter Gautam Gambhir has been approached by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to succeed Rahul Dravid as Team India’s Head Coach. As per reports circulating on the internet, Gambhir, who is currently serving as the mentor of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL 2024, has been contacted by the BCCI.

This comes into news after the BCCI opened up applications for Team India’s head coach after Rahul Dravid’s contract gets over at the conclusion of the T20 World Cup 2024, set to be played in June in West Indies and the United States of America. Moreover, the deadline for applying for India head coach is May 27, a day after the IPL 2024 final. 

It is to be noted that Gautam Gambhir has no previous experience of coaching at the international or domestic level, but has been a crucial coaching staff member with the IPL franchises, Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). During his stint as coach of LSG (2022 and 2023), the Lucknow-based franchise qualified for the playoffs. 

He took up the coaching role with his old franchise, KKR, where he won two IPL titles ahead of the 2024 edition and the side have finished at the top of the table in IPL 2024. 

Speaking of the head coach role, BCCI is looking for a head coach across formats for a period of three years, starting from July 2024, which will be until December 2027. Dravid, took up the reigns from Ravi Shastri after the 2021 T20 World Cup. However, his stint ended at the end of ODI World Cup 2023, but was handed an extension until the T20 World Cup 2024.