Gautam Gambhir has emerged as the frontrunner for the head coach role of India after Rahul Dravid decided not to continue after the T20 World Cup. However, the final decision to appoint Gambhir has not been taken yet.

Gambhir has already undergone interviews with the Cricket Advisory Committee, which includes Ashok Malhotra, Jatin Paranjape, and Sulakshana Naik.

Why Are They Delaying?

Despite the apparent clarity surrounding Gambhir’s appointment, the official announcement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been delayed. Fans are left wondering why the a holdup when Gambhir’s selection seems almost certain. The answer lies in ongoing salary negotiations.

Source: India Today

Sources cited by an Indian news outlet indicated that discussions between Gambhir and the BCCI are in the final stages. The BCCI had advertised the head coach position with negotiable remuneration based on experience, marking a departure from Rahul Dravid’s reported salary of approximately ₹12 crore annually.

Gautam Gambhir’s Coaching Experience

It is worth noting that this would mark the international coaching debut of Gautam Gambhir. He has previously served as a mentor in the IPL with stints at the Lucknow Super Giants and Kolkata Knight Riders.

Recently, Gambhir was seen filming a farewell video at Eden Gardens for the Kolkata Knight Riders, signalling the end of his tenure with the franchise where he played a pivotal role in their IPL success.


Currently, the Indian team is playing in Zimbabwe under the guidance of NCA head coach VVS Laxman. BCCI secretary Jay Shah has confirmed that India’s upcoming white-ball series in Sri Lanka will be under the new head coach.

Additionally, the BCCI plans to invite applications for the team’s support staff, including roles such as batting coach, bowling coach, and fielding coach, following the conclusion of Vikram Rathour, Paras Mhambrey, and T Dilip’s tenures after the T20 World Cup.

Gambhir is expected to have autonomy in selecting his support staff once the application process concludes.

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