Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir expressed support for Rahul Dravid to continue as the head coach of the men’s team. Gautam Gambhir emphasized that one loss shouldn’t define a coach’s tenure, suggesting that the contract should be automatically renewed.
Rahul Dravid’s contract as head coach of the Indian team ended after the ODI World Cup 2023. India, under the leadership of Rohit Sharma and Dravid, reached the final of the 2023 World Test Championship and the World Cup, finishing as runners-up in both events.
Rahul Dravid’s Contract Should Be Renewed – Gautam Gambhir
During a conversation with Sportskeeda, Gautam Gambhir lauded Rahul Dravid for guiding the team to the final of the World Cup. Gambhir suggested that Dravid’s contract should be automatically renewed if he wishes to continue.
“Dravid’s contract as head coach should be automatically renewed. The kind of cricket that India played throughout the World Cup, if you are going to judge a coach by just one match then it is a wrong precedent,” Gambhir told Sportskeeda.
It Is More Important To Win A World Cup For The Nation – Gautam Gambhir
During a press conference ahead of the 2023 World Cup final, Rohit Sharma expressed the team’s desire to win the tournament for Rahul Dravid. However, Gambhir criticized Rohit’s statement, emphasizing that such statements should be kept within the team.
“Every player, every coach wants to win the World Cup. If he wants a renewal then definitely he should be given that chance. What better than continuity? I would never understand one thing. It happened during our time in 2011 too. When you say that you want to win the World Cup an individual, doesn’t matter who that is… this statement is not right,” Gautam Gambhir added.
“You are trying to win the World Cup for the entire country. And if you want to say such a thing then don’t say it in the media. Keep it within yourself. The truth is, it is more important to win a World Cup for the nation. I was asked the same in 2011 when everyone said we were trying to win the World Cup for one individual, I said no I want to win the Cup for my country. I picked up the bat for my country. So Rohit probably shouldn’t have said this.”