Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Following the completion of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, the strongest rumour doing the round is that former great Gautam Gambhir is going to be the next head coach of the Indian cricket team.

Under Gambhir's mentorship, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) emerged champions in the recently-concluded IPL. Gambhir was the mentor of the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) Before 2024. The KL Rahul-led side entered the IPL playoffs for two consecutive seasons under Gambhir. Now, it seems that Gambhir is leading the race to be the next head coach of the Indian cricket team.

Meanwhile, the official deadline for application submission for the coveted post of Indian cricket team head coach selection is over.  

A report published in some sections of media suggested that a 'very high-profile owner of an IPL franchise, who is very close to the BCCI top brass told that former India star's appointment as Indian cricket team coach is a 'done deal and the announcement will come soon'. It also added that a 'high profile commentator' told them that serious efforts are being made to rope in the KKR mentor. 

The report further added that since there has been no official announcement, negotiations are still on multiple fronts between the two parties and, perhaps, with some others too.

Earlier a couple of days back, BCCI secretary Jay Shah had rejected claims that the Board has approached any former Australian cricketer to be India's next head coach. He hinted that Rahul Dravid's successor could be an Indian who should have a deep understanding of the game's structure in the country. 

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