Gautam Gambhir in Talks for India Coach Role with BCCI

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In a development that continues a trend, Kolkata Knight Riders’ coaches and mentors are being courted by international cricket boards. Here are the indisputable facts.

Trevor Bayliss, who led KKR to IPL titles in 2012 and 2014, was negotiating an extension when the ECB’s Director of Cricket, Andrew Strauss, made an offer. Initially, Bayliss declined, but Strauss returned with an irresistible proposal. “The offer was too good to resist, and Bayliss accepted it,” a source familiar with the situation disclosed.

Matthew Mott, a former KKR assistant coach, was appointed as the head coach of England’s white-ball team. Mott will join Jos Buttler’s squad for their T20 World Cup title defense. After KKR reached the IPL final in 2021, the ECB successfully lured coach Brendon McCullum to helm its red-ball team in 2022.

Now, Gautam Gambhir, who mentored KKR’s recent title victory, is a leading contender to replace Rahul Dravid as India’s head coach post-World Cup. The dialogue between Jay Shah and Gambhir revolves around the idea of ‘desh ke liye karna hai’—a commitment to serve the nation.

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Transitioning to the India coach role isn’t as straightforward for Gambhir as his move from Lucknow Super Giants to KKR. He is evaluating all options. With successful stints as a television expert and coach, Gambhir faces a significant decision. The India job demands nearly 10 months of travel, a challenge for someone with a young family. Gambhir took five breaks during his two-month KKR tenure. However, the prestige and profile of the India role are unmatched. Known for his no-nonsense, aggressive approach, the position could be professionally fulfilling. Post-tenure, KKR would likely welcome him back.

Gambhir has confided in close associates about considering the offer, with even Shah Rukh Khan being aware. While Monday was the deadline for applications, there is no formal confirmation of his submission yet.

A high-profile IPL franchise owner close to the BCCI informed Cricbuzz that Gambhir’s appointment is almost certain, with an announcement imminent. A prominent commentator noted ongoing efforts to finalize Gambhir’s role, indicating negotiations are active on various fronts.

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