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'Will Be A Good Coach': Did Ganguly Confirm Gautam Gambhir's Appointment?

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In a recent interview at the inauguration of the International Procurement and Supply Chain Conference, former Indian cricket team captain and ex-BCCI president Sourav Ganguly supported Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) mentor Gautam Gambhir for being a good coach of the national team. 

After KKR became the champions of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, under the mentorship of Gautam Gambhir. The former cricketer has been in the limelight as BCCI reportedly considered his name for the position of head coach for the Indian cricket team. 

Ganguly Backs Gautam Gambhir For The Position Of Head Coach

In a recent interview, when asked by RevSportz, regarding Sourav Ganguly's opinion on  Gambhir becoming the head coach of India. 

The ex-BCCI president replied, "I don't know whether he has applied,". He further added "Has he? If he has, he makes a very good candidate. 

He also praised Gautam Gambhir and stated that he understands the game well and has been mentoring the KKR campaign very well with smart tactics and a positive mindset. He also stated that Gautam Gambhir has all the qualities you need in India's head coach.

"I am in favour of an Indian coach because we have enormous talent in our country, enormously high-skilled players who have done wonders for Indian cricket and very rightfully they should be a part of the system," Ganguly said.

According to several reports, the KKR mentor has shown interest in the India head coach job but only if he was guaranteed 100% selection for the role. He had made it clear that he would not apply if he was considered just one of several other candidates. 

"Has he applied? I really don't know because first he has to apply and then only he will get the job...I think (May) 27th was the last date of application," Ganguly added. 

"Obviously, BCCI has the right to extend it (the deadline) as well. If he applies and if he wants it, and I say if he applies and if he wants it, he will be a very good candidate." 

"If Gambhir applies — you can see it on TV — he worked for KKR this year. I was with Delhi (Capitals), you can see the hunger, the passion and the want to win and I will be happy if he applies and if the board decides to give him the job, I think he is a good candidate," Ganguly said.

The BCCI has already faced rejections by the likes of Ricky Ponting, Justin Langer and Stephen Fleming over potentially succeeding Rahul Dravid as India's head coach. BCCI secretary Jay Shah, however, denied making an offer to any former Australian cricketer.