Gautam Gambhir Becomes India Coach: CAC Reveals 3 Factors That Helped GG Get The Job | EXCLUSIVE

Gautam Gambhir was one of the favourites to become India's head coach, but a few things worked in his favour. CAC member Jatin Paranjape highlighted three factors that showcase why Gambhir was the ideal candidate for the role. During the interview, Gambhir spoke passionately about his plans and wanting to lead the Indian team forward.
Gautam Gambhir India Coach

Gautam Gambhir has been named as the head coach of India cricket team.

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Gautam Gambhir has been appointed as the head coach of the Indian cricket team by the BCCI.
  • Gautam Gambhir was selected after an interview with the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).
  • Gautam Gambhir will take charge of the Indian cricket team on the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.
Gautam Gambhir, the former Indian cricketer known for his aggressive batting and astute cricketing mind, has been appointed as the head coach of the Indian cricket team. While Gambhir was among the favourites for this prestigious position, several factors worked in his favour, ultimately leading to his selection. In an exclusive interview with Sports Now, Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) member Jatin Paranjape shed light on the key factors that worked in Gambhir's favour during the interview process.
Proven Skills And A Patriot
One of the primary factors that played a significant role in Gambhir's appointment was his proven leadership skills. Not only has he tasted success in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), but he has also achieved remarkable success with the national team, leading them to two world titles. His ability to manage a diverse group of players and extract the best out of them is a strong testament to his leadership capabilities.
"One of the significant criteria was respect within the dressing room, and that comes only when somebody has a tremendous track record. Gautam has that. He has the respect of the younger players and has always been a big-match player, which is what the younger players remember. In the 2007 and 2011 World Cups, he played a couple of crucial innings, and that is why we wanted to bring him into the dressing room," said Paranjape.
"He is also a true patriot," Paranjape added.
"He is a hard, uncompromising guy when it comes to putting the team first. These three aspects were crucial and left no doubt in us that he was the ideal candidate," Paranjape explained.
Expectations From Potential Candidates
Earlier, it was reported that Gambhir and WV Raman were two candidates for the top post. Both had gone through the interview process conducted by the Cricket Advisory Committee of Ashok Malhotra, Jatin Paranjape and Sulakshana Naik. Confirming that more than one candidate had applied for the job, Paranjape also revealed the expectations from the CAC.
"It was about planning for the future. The ICC has an FTP in place till 2028. So we know how many matches we will play across the three formats. We have a fantastic bank of talent," said Paranjape.
"How will that talent be deployed in the three formats, prioritising the best tours? At the end of this year, we are going to Australia, and we are going to England next year. We have the WTC coming and have yet to win that coveted title. So how will you deploy that human capital in a prioritised manner and then go after the biggest championships in the world? That is what we wanted to hear.
Gambhir's Viewpoints & Thoughts
Gambhir has shared his vision and strategic plans for the future. Known for his dedication and cricketing intellect, Gambhir outlined a comprehensive roadmap to harness the full potential of India's cricketing talent.
"He spoke about planning the calendar around our talent pool. He talked about the team coming first and prioritising domestic cricket. These are three areas that he spoke passionately about," revealed Paranjape.
When asked about reports in the media suggesting that the delay in the announcement was due to salary negotiations, Paranjape dismissed it
and said, "A few formalities were remaining, and we were waiting for the World Cup to finish because it would have been wrong to announce during the tournament, as it would have taken away the team's focus.
"It's not right for the incumbent, either," he concluded.
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