Following Gautam Gambhir’s appointment as India’s head coach on Tuesday, former seamers Zaheer Khan and Lakshmipati Balaji are being considered for the post of bowling coach of the national team, according to sources. Sources told ANI, “BCCI is discussing the names of Zaheer Khan and Lakshmipati Balaji for the post of bowling coach. BCCI is not interested in Vinay Kumar’s name.” Zaheer took 311 Test wickets in 92 matches and a total of 610 wickets in 309 international matches across all formats for the Men in Blue. Considered one of the greatest left-arm fast bowlers to ever play the game.

Balaji has represented Team India in eight Test matches where he has managed to take 27 wickets at an average of 37.18. On the other hand, he took 34 wickets in 30 ODIs at an average of 39.52.

A new set of support staff has been appointed for Team India following the appointment of Gautam Gambhir as the head coach. Team India’s bowling coach Paras Mahambre’s tenure has ended.

Earlier, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah on Tuesday announced that former cricketer Gautam Gambhir has been appointed as the new head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team.

Gambhir was a left-handed opener for the Indian team and served as the team mentor for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League 2024. KKR lifted their third IPL trophy this season under Gambhir’s guidance.

Jay Shah took to his official X account to announce the appointment of Gambhir as the new head coach of Team India.

The BCCI secretary added that he has full confidence in Gambhir and he will be the ideal person to take Indian cricket forward.

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Mr. @GauthamGambahir as the new Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team. Modern-day cricket is evolving rapidly, and Gautham has closely followed this changing landscape. Throughout his career, I believe Gautham is the ideal person to take Indian cricket forward, with his vast experience, to take on this exciting and most sought-after coaching role. BCCI fully supports him as he embarks on this new journey,” Shah wrote on X.

Rahul Dravid’s tenure as the head coach of Team India ended after the conclusion of the final match of the T20 World Cup 2024, where India defeated South Africa by seven runs to win the prestigious trophy after 17 years.

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