IPL 2025: Who Will Replace Gautam Gambhir In KKR Next Season

Former IPL-winning captain Gautam Gambhir is all set to become India’s next head coach after the T20 World Cup. Gambhir has had a memorable tenure with KKR.

Former IPL-winning captain Gautam Gambhir is all set to become India’s next head coach after the T20 World Cup. Gambhir has had a memorable last couple of months with a title win as the mentor of Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League 2024 which was the team’s first title since 2014 which also came under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir.

IPL 2025: Who Will Replace Gautam Gambhir In KKR Next Season

The Role 

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With Rahul Dravid’s tenure as the head coach about to end after the T20 World Cup 2024 being played in the USA and Wes Indies the BCCI is on a hunt for a new head coach for the Men in Blue and has interviewed a few candidates for the same with Gautam Gambhir being one of them.

The Decision

Gautam Gambhir in all likeliness is set to become the next head coach of the Indian Cricket Team which means that the former left-handed batter will have to step down as the mentor of KKR with immediate effect.

In this article, we will look at three possible candidates who can take up Gambhir’s role in KKR for IPL 2025.

Harbhajan Singh

The former off-spinner has a wealth of experience as far as playing in the Indian Premier League is concerned. Harbhajan has played for three IPL teams from 2008 to 2021 namely Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, and Kolkata Knight Riders when the team reached the final in 2021 Harbhajan who is known more for his bowling also poses an impressive record as captain of the Mumbai Indians. The off-spinners guided Mumbai Indians to their maiden title win in T20 cricket in the Champions League 2011 when half of the side was injured and MI was allowed to play with more than four overseas players.

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The Captaincy

He has also faired well as a captain in the IPL in the absence of regular captain Sachin Tendulkar during the initial IPL seasons. Harbhajan could be a perfect replacement for Gambhir in IPL 2025.

Ravi Shastri

The former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri was an integral part of the team management when India defeated Australia twice on their home soil in 2018 and 2020. Shastri who is known for getting the best out of every player could be an idol replacement for Gambhir in IPL 2025. Both Gambhir and Shastri are known to be hard taskmasters and are known for speaking things as they are which is a crucial thing in a team sport.

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The Reunion

Another reason why Shastri might replace Gambhir is his association with KKR bowling coach Bharat Arun as both of them were associated with the Indian team when Shastri was the head coach.

Eoin Morgan

The ODI World Cup-winning captain guided KKR to only their third final( before 2024) when the second half of the Indian Premier League was played in the UAE in 2021. Morgan has a wealth of experience as a captain of England in white ball cricket and has also been a part of the KKR setup for a few years. Apart from that Morgan and Gambhir are quite similar individuals as both of them find ways to win from any situation of the game which helps in inculcating a positive mindset within the team which results in a team being consistent throughout the tournament.