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Difficult to answer right now: Gautam Gambhir remains tight-lipped on being India’s next coach

Gautam Gambhir declined to comment on speculation about his potential appointment as the next head coach of the Indian cricket team, stating on Friday that he is not looking that far ahead.

“I don’t see that far ahead. You are asking me tough questions. It’s difficult to answer right now. All I can say is that I’m happy being here, just finished a successful journey, let’s enjoy that. I’m in a very happy space right now,” Gambhir remarked at an event organized by the Indian Chambers of Commerce.

Recently, the 42-year-old played a pivotal role as team mentor in Kolkata Knight Riders’ third IPL title win and has interviewed with the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Cricket Advisory Committee for the role of head coach of the Indian team.

The current term of India’s coach Rahul Dravid concludes after the ongoing T20 World Cup in the USA and the West Indies. The BCCI had called for applications for the position in mid-May, with the deadline set for May 27, the day following the IPL final.

During the event on Friday, Gambhir also addressed the topic of not having long-term captaincy opportunities with the Indian team.

“I have always focused on performing for the fans, and that has been my mindset throughout my career. During my career, I had the honor of captaining India in six games. I tried to do my best,” he stated.

“Beyond that, I have no regrets because my primary role was not to captain the side consistently. My focus was on contributing to my country’s victories, and whichever team I played for, my goal was to ensure that team’s success,” he added.

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