Gautam Gambhir’s Childhood Coach Hails His Appointment as Team India’s Head Coach

The Indian cricket team has ushered in a new era with Gautam Gambhir‘s appointment as the head coach. As Gambhir takes on this pivotal role, his childhood coach, Sanjay Bharadwaj, has lavished praise on him, emphasizing his unique qualities and potential to transform Indian cricket.

Bharadwaj’s Endorsement of Gambhir

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Sanjay Bharadwaj, who coached Gambhir from a young age, is confident in his former protégé’s ability to excel as Team India‘s head coach. “Gautam has the quality to bring the best out of his players. The job of a top coach is precisely that. Gauti knows his players well and can bring the best out of them, using them effectively,” Bharadwaj told PTI.

Bharadwaj has a long history of nurturing cricket talent, having coached other notable players like Amit Mishra, Unmukt Chand, and Nitish Rana. His endorsement of Gambhir carries significant weight, given his experience and success in developing cricketers.

Gambhir’s Coaching Potential

Bharadwaj believes Gambhir possesses all the qualities necessary to be a successful coach. He highlights Gambhir’s honesty, unbiased approach, and strategic acumen as key attributes that will benefit the Indian team. “I feel, as a coach, he has the capability to take India to the pinnacle. He can do the job honestly without any bias and bring the best to Indian cricket. The (ODI) World Cup title which has eluded us for the last 13 years would now start coming,” Bharadwaj asserted.

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Reflecting on Gambhir’s early years, Bharadwaj recalled his protégé’s winner’s mentality and sharp observational skills. “He always played with a challenge. Since he was 10, he had the winner’s mentality. He always played to win. He never thought that he could lose a match. He was never in doubt,” Bharadwaj said.

This mindset, according to Bharadwaj, will be instrumental in Gambhir’s new role. “Gautam has the ability to take up any challenge and then succeed in it,” he added, underscoring Gambhir’s determination and resilience.

Building on a Strong Foundation

Gambhir’s appointment comes after Rahul Dravid’s successful tenure, during which India reached the final of the World Test Championship, competed strongly in the ODI World Cup 2023, and won the T20 World Cup 2024. Dravid’s departure marked the end of an era, but Bharadwaj is optimistic that Gambhir will build on this strong foundation and lead the team to new heights.

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Gambhir’s first challenge as head coach will be the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, starting on July 27. The series will feature three One Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). His appointment was confirmed by BCCI Secretary Jay Shah, who announced the news on the social media platform ‘X’.

As Gambhir steps into this pivotal role, fans and experts alike are eager to see how his leadership will shape the future of Indian cricket. Bharadwaj’s glowing endorsement adds to the anticipation, suggesting that Gambhir’s tenure could bring about significant success and innovation.

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The Indian cricket team has ushered in a new era with Gautam Gambhir's appointment as the head coach. As Gambhir takes on this pivotal role, his childhood coach, Sanjay Bharadwaj, has lavished praise on him, emphasizing his unique qualities and potential to transform Indian cricket.

Bharadwaj's Endorsement of Gambhir

Sanjay Bharadwaj, who coached Gambhir from a young age, is confident in his former protégé's ability to excel as Team India's head coach. "Gautam has the quality to bring the best out of his players. The job of a top coach is precisely that. Gauti knows his players well and can bring the best out of them, using them effectively," Bharadwaj told PTI.

Bharadwaj has a long history of nurturing cricket talent, having coached other notable players like Amit Mishra, Unmukt Chand, and Nitish Rana. His endorsement of Gambhir carries significant weight, given his experience and success in developing cricketers.

Gambhir's Coaching Potential

Bharadwaj believes Gambhir possesses all the qualities necessary to be a successful coach. He highlights Gambhir's honesty, unbiased approach, and strategic acumen as key attributes that will benefit the Indian team. "I feel, as a coach, he has the capability to take India to the pinnacle. He can do the job honestly without any bias and bring the best to Indian cricket. The (ODI) World Cup title which has eluded us for the last 13 years would now start coming," Bharadwaj asserted.

Reflecting on Gambhir's early years, Bharadwaj recalled his protégé's winner's mentality and sharp observational skills. "He always played with a challenge. Since he was 10, he had the winner's mentality. He always played to win. He never thought that he could lose a match. He was never in doubt," Bharadwaj said.

This mindset, according to Bharadwaj, will be instrumental in Gambhir's new role. "Gautam has the ability to take up any challenge and then succeed in it," he added, underscoring Gambhir's determination and resilience.

Building on a Strong Foundation

Gambhir's appointment comes after Rahul Dravid’s successful tenure, during which India reached the final of the World Test Championship, competed strongly in the ODI World Cup 2023, and won the T20 World Cup 2024. Dravid's departure marked the end of an era, but Bharadwaj is optimistic that Gambhir will build on this strong foundation and lead the team to new heights.

Gambhir's first challenge as head coach will be the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, starting on July 27. The series will feature three One Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). His appointment was confirmed by BCCI Secretary Jay Shah, who announced the news on the social media platform 'X'.

As Gambhir steps into this pivotal role, fans and experts alike are eager to see how his leadership will shape the future of Indian cricket. Bharadwaj's glowing endorsement adds to the anticipation, suggesting that Gambhir's tenure could bring about significant success and innovation.

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