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New Delhi: Gautam GambhirHis main focus at the moment is to assemble a support staff that is in sync with his vision, as he prepares to tackle the huge challenges that lie ahead during his three-year stint as India's head coach. The financial details associated with his appointment are yet to be finalised, but Gambhir believes that is his “ultimate concern” at the moment.
on Tuesday, BCCI Secretary jay shah Gautam Gambhir's appointment was officially announced, a move that had been expected for some time. However, it is revealed that his salary has not yet been finalised, although it is expected to be the same as his predecessors. Rahul Dravid And Ravi Shastri,
“It was important for Gautam to take over and salary and other things can be worked out as it is not going anywhere. It is similar to the case of Ravi Shastri in 2014 when he was made director of cricket in place of head coach Duncan Fletcher,” a BCCI source told PTI.
“The day Ravi joined, he didn't even have a contract and things were going well. Some details are being finalised in Gautam's case too. The salary will be equal to that of Rahul Dravid,” he said.
It is understood that Gambhir will be provided with his own team to work with, which will work closely with the team. NCA (National Cricket Academy) coaches. NCA coaches look after the mentoring teams (India A and Under-19) as well as target players.
“I look forward to working closely with the BCCI, Head of Cricket – Mr VVS Laxman, the support staff and most importantly the players as we work towards achieving success in the upcoming tournaments,” Gambhir added.
Laxman, who is currently in Zimbabwe with the youth T20 team, is expected to hold talks on future strategy upon his return. The discussions will be attended by the newly-appointed head coach, selection committee chairman Ajit Agarkar and both captains Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya.

Discussion on the support staff of Team India

There is a lot of curiosity about the structure of Gambhir's core support staff.
KKR's academy head and former Mumbai stalwart Abhishek Nayar has played a key role as a back-room strategist for the IPL franchise. Known for his expertise as a life coach, he has effectively mentored players on an individual basis. Importantly, his close friendship with current captain Rohit Sharma firmly establishes him as a potential assistant coach.
A Delhi-based BCCI official had reportedly written to L Balaji and zaheer khan R Vinay Kumar is also among the contenders for the bowling coach's role, who is rumoured to be Gambhir's choice. However, the BCCI has turned down the suggestion, although there has been no official statement from BCCI secretary Jay Shah.
Jonty Rhodes' name has again come up for the fielding coach's position but historically the BCCI has favoured nurturing its own talent.
For instance, R Sridhar and T Dilip rose through the ranks through the NCA and India Under-19 setups under Shastri and Dravid respectively. There is speculation that Munish Bali could be roped in for the role due to his familiarity with emerging players.
The squads for the upcoming T20 and ODI series against Sri Lanka will be announced soon. Gambhir, who focused primarily on ODIs and Tests during his tenure as mentor of IPL winners KKR, will continue to focus on the same next year as well.

Key challenges ahead

Gambhir will get his first big challenge in India's upcoming Test series against Australia, which is an important encounter given India's recent successes under Ravi Shastri in 2018–19 and 2020–21.
The series, the first five-Test series between the two countries since 1991-92, will begin at Optus Stadium in Perth, known for its challenging pitches.
Gambhir, who honed his tactical skills while captaining Delhi in the Ranji Trophy from 2013-17, will be closely scrutinised for his credibility as a red-ball coach, especially in view of India's World Test Championship qualification.
The schedule also includes the Champions Trophy to be held in Pakistan, which is yet to get the approval of the BCCI. Gambhir, who is known for his vocal support of the Indian Army, has consistently opposed cricket events in Pakistan.
Now that he is back on the BCCI payroll, it remains to be seen how he takes this stance, especially when India's participation in a major ICC event depends on it.



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