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Aakash Chopra says Gautam Gambhir needs to manage transition as India’s potential coach
By SMCS - Jun 20, 2024 9:16 am
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Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has added that Gautam Gambhir, India’s potential next head coach, will have the tough task of managing a transition phase in the team. He added that India have a plethora of players who are nearing the end of their careers as well.

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir got emotional

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said, “Gautam Gambhir has given the interview. It’s been said that it was a virtual interview as opposed to WV Raman, who gave a fantastic presentation. I have just read that. Gautam Gambhir is the frontrunner in this race. It’s been said everywhere and we have also understood that. I am saying it will be an interesting tenure because you will have to manage the transition here, and that is never an easy thing. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, maybe Ravindra Jadeja, especially their roles in T20s, there are plenty of people who are on the wrong side of 30, 35 to 37, including Ravichandran Ashwin.”

However, it remains to be seen whether Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Ravindra Jadeja continue to play T20Is after the ongoing T20 World Cup as well. The trio could choose to concentrate on the other two formats to prolong their careers as well. Aakash Chopra also added that Gautam Gambhir will have to prepare a roadmap for India for multiple global events as well.

Gautam Gambhir and Chandrakant Pandit
Gautam Gambhir and Chandrakant Pandit

“In the next three to four years, when the 2027 World Cup comes, you have to prepare your team for that. There will also be a WTC in 2027 and a T20 World Cup in India and Sri Lanka in 2026. So a very important roadmap will have to be prepared. It’s not going to be easy because it’s said that transitions are most difficult. A very important job is to not let performances drop when transitions are happening. Secondly, transitions happen properly when you communicate well because you need to explain the reasons to players who are being retained and let go of,” Aakash Chopra concluded.