Former India captain and coach Anil Kumble has shared his views on the potential of KKR Mentor Gautam Gambhir succeeding Rahul Dravid as the head coach of the Indian cricket team. Dravid’s tenure is set to conclude after the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024, and the BCCI has invited applications for the next head coach with a three-year contract. Reports suggest that Gambhir is a leading candidate for the position.

Although Gambhir lacks formal experience coaching an international side, he played a significant role in Kolkata Knight Riders‘ IPL title win last month as the team’s mentor. Kumble, who served as India’s head coach between 2016-17, believes Gambhir’s appointment could positively impact the Indian team, citing his strong demeanor as a key factor.

Anil Kumble Speaks Rumours of Gautam Gambhir Becoming India’s Next Head Coach

“You need somebody with a strong demeanor, and you want continuity. Rahul (Dravid) has done a fantastic job, and hopefully, for him and India’s sake, he has a swansong with the World Cup. What you also have to keep in mind is that some of the senior players are coming towards the backend of their careers. You need players who go through the transition period and ensure India doesn’t miss out on the quality in the bowling and batting department. You pick and choose and transition through,” Kumble told ESPNCricinfo.

Kumble acknowledged Gambhir’s capabilities and his leadership experience with India, IPL franchises, and Delhi. However, he emphasized that the BCCI would need to give Gambhir time to settle into the role of India’s head coach.

“You have to give it time. He certainly is capable. We have seen Gautam handle teams. He has been a captain for India, for his franchise, for Delhi. He has all the credentials to be that. But the Indian team’s coaching is slightly different, you have to give him time to settle in. Like I mentioned, in case he takes up the job, he will have the task of looking at not just the current lot, but also the future of Indian cricket,” Kumble said.

Anil Kumble is a Veteran of the Game

Anil Kumble, the former Indian leg-spin bowler and former captain of the Indian team, was once the head coach of the Indian team himself. He was the main boss of the Indian team for a year after being appointed in 2016. He resigned from the post due to differences with the captain of the team then, Virat Kohli. Anil Kumble is also recognised for his 619 Test wickets and 337 ODI wickets in 132 and 271 matches respectively. He retired from international cricket in 2008.

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