‘Choose coach wisely’: Sourav Ganguly issues warning as BCCI close to sealing deal with Gautam Gambhir

Sourav Ganguly and Gautam Gambhir

Amid speculation over who will be India’s next head coach, reports suggest that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is in the final stages of sealing the deal with Gautama Gambhir.

However, amidst these rumours, the former BCCI president Sourav Ganguly sparked controversy with a cryptic social media post, hinting at the importance of a coach’s role in a player’s life.

However, the former Indian captain did not mention the position of the head coach of the Indian cricket team in his post on the X platform, but it raised speculations about his indirect message online.

Is Sourav Ganguly trying to warn BCCI against Gautam Gambhir?

In the post, Ganguly emphasized the crucial role of a coach in shaping the future of players, both on and off the field, sending a strong message to the BCCI over the ongoing saga. In particular, Rahul Dravid’s tenure as Indian teamThe head coach will end after the 2024 T20 World Cup, leaving the BCCI in the hunt for his successor.

While big foreign names like Justin Langer and Ricky Ponting confirmed that they are not interested in the demanding job, BCCI secretary Jay Shah revealed that they are looking for someone who has a deep knowledge of Indian domestic cricket.

After Shah’s statement, many foreign coaches avoided applying for the Indian head coach job as Gambhir has emerged as the favorite for the job after, under his mentorship, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) won the IPL 2024 trophy.

KKR defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 8 wickets in the final of IPL 2024 to clinch their third IPL title after a decade long wait in Chennai on 26 Mau. After which speculations are rife that Gambhir became the best choice to replace the BCCI. Dravid as head coach of India.

Sourav Ganguly issues warning, as BCCI eyes Gautam Gambhir as next head coach

These rumors could have led the former BCCI president to warn them about the selection of the new coach, highlighting the importance of selecting the right coach. The timing of Ganguly’s post amid rumors of Gambhir’s possible appointment raised many eyebrows.

Many have been questioning the intentions of the legendary Indian cricketer as he indirectly suggested that the BCCI select the coach wisely as the role is important in shaping the future of a player. Ganguly’s words were seen by many as a subtle warning, given Gambhir’s domineering personality.

Sourav Ganguly wrote in X: “The importance of the coach in life, his guidance and his relentless training shape the future of any person, both on and off the field. So, choose the coach and the institution wisely…”

Recently, Ganguly has taken Wriddhiman Saha to “one last match” for his home state before retiring from the game. Saha had left the Bengal tea after his dispute with the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) officials in 2022 and joined Tripura as a mentor and player.

Tripura Cricket Association (TCA) joint secretary Jayanta Dey confirmed that Ganguly met Saha in Kolkata and asked him to play Bengal’s farewell match, having represented the local team for over a decade in the national cricket. However, Saha has not yet applied for an NOC from the TCA.