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BCCI Set to Appoint Next Head Coach: Gautam Gambhir and WV Raman Lead the Race
By CricShots - Jun 20, 2024 4:13 pm
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Former Indian opener, Gautam Gambhir seems to be the leading personality to become the next Indian head coach for the men’s senior cricket team, as Rahul Dravid’s tenure is scheduled to end post T20 World Cup 2024. Alongside Gambhir, former cricketer WV Raman has also been shortlisted as a potential candidate for the prestigious position.

Gautam gambhir
Gautam Gambhir

When comparing their experiences, Gambhir has primarily served as a mentor for Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises, namely the Lucknow Super Giants and Kolkata Knight Riders. Notably, in his first season as KKR’s mentor, Gambhir played a crucial role in leading the team to their third IPL title. His success in the IPL highlights his strategic acumen and ability to inspire a team to perform under pressure.

In contrast, WV Raman boasts extensive coaching experience that spans domestic cricket, the IPL, and the women’s national team. His broad coaching portfolio demonstrates his ability to develop players at various levels of the game, making him a strong contender for the head coach role.

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A source familiar with the selection process suggested that the Indian cricket board should consider utilizing the expertise of both Raman and Gambhir.

“There are numerous ways to integrate their services. For instance, Gambhir could be appointed as head coach while Raman serves as the batting coach, or Raman could have a significant role in red-ball cricket. Both have much to offer Indian cricket, and their combined contributions could be invaluable,” the source told News18.

WV Raman
WV Raman

The source further emphasized Raman’s familiarity with the younger players, having coached them during various U-19 and A series. “Raman has observed these youngsters closely and can be instrumental in guiding them through the upcoming transition period. This transition is expected to start in T20s post the World Cup and will extend to ODIs and Tests over the next 12-15 months,” the source added.

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In the first round of interviews, Gautam Gambhir participated virtually, whereas WV Raman was present in person. The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) was reportedly prepared to rigorously evaluate both candidates as they outlined their visions for the future of the Indian cricket team. This thorough selection process underscores the importance of the role and the board’s commitment to finding the right leader for the team’s next chapter.