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Team India Head Coach Vacancy: Here Are Top Contenders

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Mumbai:The hunt for India’s next head coach is on, with the BCCI inviting applications for the coveted role. The successful candidate will take charge on July 1st, 2024, and their tenure will extend until the end of 2027, coinciding with the next Cricket World Cup.


Current head coach Rahul Dravid’s contract expires after the T20 World Cup in June, and he will need to reapply if he desires an extension. Reports suggest Dravid might not be interested in continuing.

VVS Laxman, another Indian legend heading the National Cricket Academy, is also unlikely to throw his hat into the ring, said sources.

So, who will take the reins of the Indian cricket team? Here are some of the front-runners, according to a few reports:

  • Stephen Fleming: The former New Zealand captain and current Chennai Super Kings (CSK) coach possess a successful record and is known for encouraging a positive team environment. 
  • Andy Flower: Renowned for his calmness and experience, Flower, the former Zimbabwean star, is currently guiding the resurgent Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL. The former Zimbabwean may throw his hat in the ring.  
  • Gautam Gambhir: The straight-talking Gambhir, a vital cog in India’s 2011 World Cup win, is currently mentoring the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), the first team to reach the IPL 2024 playoffs. The former batsman yet to react to the news doing rounds about his possible candidacy.  
  • Justin Langer: The former Australian opener and coach, credited with reviving the team after the Sandpaper Gate scandal, is currently mentoring the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). The former Australia cricketer has expressed desired to fill the post. 
  • Virender Sehwag: The explosive former batsman, known for his aggressive approach, could inject fresh energy into the team. He previously coached the Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the IPL. Sehwag not yet commented on this but he may apply for this role, said sources.  
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