Gautam Gambhir may axe Virat Kohli – Rohit Sharma after becoming India head coach: Report

Gautam Gambhir has widely been reported to be the to be the top contender to replace Raul Dravid as the next head coach after the latter’ tenure expires following T20 World Cup 2024. Reports suggest Gambhir and WV Raman were the only 2 candidates to apply for the head coach position. 

According to a new report by Navbharat Times, Gambhir met with BCCI’s Cricket Administrative Committee (CAC) last week where he put down 5 conditions for accepting the position of India head coach. 

Gautam Gambhir’s 5 conditions to become India head coach: 

The first condition is that Gambhir wants full control of the cricketing operations of Team India.

Secondly, Gambhir has also reportedly asked to be allowed to choose his own support staff. The current support staff includes Vikram Rathour as batting coach, Paras Mhambrey as bowling coach and T Dilip as fielding coach.

The third and perhaps most controversial condition is that Gambhir wants to axe three 4 senior Indian players: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami if they do not perform in the upcoming Champions Trophy 2025 in Pakistan. 

Fourth, Gambhir wants a separate team for Test Cricket. 

Lastly, Gambhir wants to start preparing the roadmap for 2027 ODI Word Cup from the get go.

‘I don’t see that far ahead’: Gautam Gambhir on India head coach role

Notably, Gambhir was recently asked about what he thought about taking the India head coach to which the former India batter said it was difficult to answer the question right now. 

Gambhir said, “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 right now is that I am happy being here. Just finished a brilliant journey with Kolkata Knight Riders let’s enjoy that. I am in a very happy space right now.”

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Published: 24 Jun 2024, 12:19 PM IST

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