Gautam Gambhir Lifts Lid On India Coach Speculation With 'I Am In Happy Space...' Remark, Hints At KKR Stint

Gautam Gambhir has addressed the possibility of becoming Team India's head coach. The former India opener was reportedly interviewed by the Cricket Advisory Committee this week. He is the frontrunner to replace Rahul Dravid and become the new India head coach.
Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir is the frontrunner to become India's new head coach. Photo: BCCI

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Gautam Gambhir has lifted lid on India coach speculation
  • He is the frontrunner to become India's head coach
  • Gambhir was reportedly interviewed this week
Gautam Gambhir has finally broken the silence on India's head coach job speculation and hasn't given a clear response on it. While multiple reports have confirmed that Gambhir is set to take over as the head coach of Team India, the cricketer has remained tight-lipped. He still hasn't confirmed it but the former India opener is all but set to replace Rahul Dravid.
"I don't see that far ahead. You are grilling me, asking me all tough questions. It is difficult to answer right now. All I can say is that I'm happy being here, just finished a brilliant journey (and) let's enjoy that. I'm in a very happy space right now," Gambhir said at an event on Friday (June 21).
"If you have the intent of keeping your team ahead of any individual, things will fall in place. If not today, tomorrow, if not tomorrow, someday it will fall in place. But if you start thinking on that, or if you know that you need to help one or two individuals perform, then your team will only suffer. My job is not to make individuals perform. My job, as a mentor, is to make KKR win," he added.
Gambhir was reportedly interviewed by the Cricket Advisory Committee this week. Apart from him, WV Raman was also interviewed for the top job. But Gambhir is the front runner to take up the job.
He started his coaching career with Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in IPL 2022 and coached them for two seasons. LSG made it to the second round of both seasons. He made his return to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) ahead of IPL 2024 and joined them as their mentor.
KKR had a dream run in IPL 2024 and they lifted the elusive trophy after a decade. The Shreyas Iyer-led side defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final. Gambhir's success with KKR saw him come into contention for India's head coach job. The last date to apply for the job was May 26.
Gambhir will reportedly join Team India starting the Sri Lanka series. VVS Laxman, the present chairman of the National Cricket Academy, will reportedly join Team India on the Zimbabwe tour. The Indian legend has coached the national team in a few series.
Gambhir, if he becomes India's head coach, is likely to have his own coaching staff. Rahul Dravid has his own coaching staff. The same was the case with Ravi Shastri, who was India's head coach from 2017 to 2021.
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