The tenure of Indian team head coach Rahul Dravid will end after the T20 World Cup 2024. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also invited applications for the post of head coach. Rahul Dravid can also apply again for this post. Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir tops the BCCI’s wish list to take over as the head coach of the men’s team. According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, Gambhir, who is currently the mentor of IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, has been approached by the BCCI to gauge his interest for the post of head coach. The last date to apply for this post is 27th May.

No coaching experience at international and domestic level

Gautam Gambhir has no coaching experience at international and domestic level. He has been in charge of the coaching staff in the IPL franchise. He was the mentor of Lucknow Super Giants in IPL 2022 and 2023. Ahead of IPL 2024, he joined Kolkata Knight Riders. KKR’s performance this season has been excellent. The team has won 9 out of 13 matches and lost 3. 1 match has also been inconclusive. The team is on top of the points table with 19 points.

Played the match-winning innings in the World Cup final

Gambhir was part of the 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 ODI World Cup-winning Indian team. In the 2011 World Cup final, he played a match-winning inning of 97 runs off 122 balls. He also hit 9 fours in this innings. Gautam Gambhir captained KKR for 7 IPL seasons from 2011 to 2017 and qualified for the playoffs 5 times. Kolkata Knight Riders also won the IPL title twice under Gambhir’s captaincy in 2012 and 2014.