Gautam Gambhir’s take on extension of Indian Cricket Coach captain: “T-20 World Cup is round the corner and you don’t want to change the support staff”

Former India opener and the Kolkata Knight Rider’s mentor, Gautam Gambhir applauded the contract extension of Rahul Dravid as it is the head coach of Team India who believes that it is promising from the national side as the “T20 World Cup is around the corner.” The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday made an announcement related to the extension of contracts for Dravid and the support staff of Team India (Senior Men).

Dravid’s second tenure with Team India will be the South Africa tour which will take place from December 10 which will have three ODIs and T20Is each and two Tests. The red-ball leg will commence from December 26 and after that there will be a five-match Test series against England at home, before the ICC T20 World Cup in June which will be conducted in West Indies/USA.

While Gambhir believes that Team India should continue its dominant position to play good cricket. The former opener has also emphasised that the T20 format is different and it would be challenging while hoping that Dravid and the support staff can deliver what will be best for the team. Speaking on the extension offer, the former KKR captain told ANI: “It’s a good thing because the T20 World Cup is around the corner and you don’t want to change the entire support staff, and it is good that Rahul has accepted it. Hopefully, we can continue to dominate and play good cricket, what India has done for a long period of time. The T20 format is different and challenging and hopefully, Rahul and the support staff can deliver. Congratulations to them.”

Earlier Ravi Shastri was replaced by Dravid after a disappointing ICC T20 World Cup campaign that had taken place in 2021. It had seen India’s exit in the Super 12 stage. Therefore, Dravid was appointed for a two-year term, which ended with India’s runners-up finish in the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup at home.

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