‘Would love to coach the Indian team’, says former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Indian skipper and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly expressed his desire to coach the Indian team on Monday. Additionally, he endorsed former batter Gautam Gambhir as a potential great coach for the Men in Blue.
The BCCI is currently assessing candidates for the head coach position, as Rahul Dravid‘s tenure is set to conclude following the end of the T20 World Cup 2024 in June.
Ganguly’s interest in the role, along with his support for Gambhir, adds to the ongoing discussions about the future leadership of the Indian cricket team.
“I would love to coach the Indian team. If he wants to do it, I think he will be a very good candidate,” Ganguly said while speaking to the media in Kolkata.
During an event at Medeor Hospital in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, Gambhir, a member of India’s victorious 2011 World Cup team, engaged with students. A student inquired about the possibility of Gambhir coaching the Indian team and utilising his expertise to guide them to a World Cup victory.
“I have not answered this question, although a lot of people have asked me. But I have to answer you now. I would love to coach the Indian team. There is no bigger honour than coaching your national team. You are representing 140 crore Indians and those across the globe as well,” Gambhir said with a smile on his face.
Ganguly expressed his support for wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant and Team India in their participation in the ICC T20 World Cup. He backed both Pant and the team to perform well and succeed in the tournament.
“He (Rishabh Pant) will play well. He is a good player. The World Cup has not yet started, India is playing its warm-up matches. On 5th June, they are playing their first game. They will do well, they are a good side,” said Ganguly.
India will kick off their T20 World Cup campaign on June 5 against Ireland at the newly constructed Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York.
The highly anticipated blockbuster clash between India and Pakistan is scheduled for June 9. Following this, India will face tournament co-hosts USA on June 12 and Canada on June 15 to complete their Group A matches.
India squad: Rohit Sharma (C), Hardik Pandya (VC), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (WK), Sanju Samson (WK), Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Siraj
Reserves: Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Khaleel Ahmed and Avesh Khan.
(With ANI inputs)

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