Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has thrown his support behind former Indian batter Gautam Gambhir to take over as the new head coach of Team India.

Akram expressed his belief after current head coach Rahul Dravid confirmed that he will be leaving the position after the T20 World Cup.

Amid reports that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reached out to several prominent international coaches, including Stephen Fleming, and Justin Langer. Akram’s endorsement of Gambhir comes from his belief that the former batter possesses the qualities needed for the role.

According to Akram, Gautam Gambhir is known for his straightforwardness and willingness to speak his mind, qualities that are not common in Indian culture but are highly respected.


“Yeah, he is the best candidate,” Akram stated in an interview with a YouTube channel. “He speaks clearly, bluntly, and doesn’t think twice, a quality that isn’t part of Indian cricket culture.”

“GG [Gautam] is someone who, if he doesn’t like something, will say it to your face. That’s his quality and that’s why everyone likes him. He will bring that same aggression to the team.”

Currently serving as a mentor for KKR in the ongoing IPL 2024, Gambhir’s extensive coaching experience makes him a solid candidate for the Indian cricket team’s head coach position, particularly after the T20 World Cup.

With Akram’s backing and Gambhir’s proven track record as both a player and mentor, the prospect of Gambhir leading the Indian cricket team from the sidelines is gaining momentum.

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