IPL 2025: Rahul Dravid Approached By KKR To Replace Gautam Gambhir As Team’s Mentor

Will Rahul Dravid step in as KKR’s new mentor after Gautam Gambhir’s departure? Explore the possibility of Dravid leading KKR in IPL 2025.

Rahul Dravid To Replace Gautam Gambhir In KKR?: Kolkata Knight Riders made a sensational comeback in the 2024 edition of the Indian Premier League, after finishing 7th in both the previous two editions of the cash-rich tournament. Gautam Gambhir, who was roped in as the mentor for the Kolkata Knight Riders for the 2024 season, played an instrumental role in the team’s success as they lifted their 3rd trophy.

IPL 2025: Rahul Dravid Approached By KKR To Replace Gautam Gambhir As Team's Mentor

However, Gambhir is all set to become the new head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team, implying that KKR will now have to fill the vacant spot of the head coach before the 2025 season.

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Rahul Dravid Approached By KKR To Replace Gautam Gambhir As Team’s Mentor

Now as per the latest reports, KKR’s bosses have reportedly put Dravid’s name on the top of their shortlist for the role of KKR’s mentor. According to a report by News 18 Bangla, not just KKR, but several franchises are interested in hiring Dravid as a coach or mentor ahead of the IPL 2025. But no concrete decision has taken place so far.

IPL 2025: Rahul Dravid Approached By KKR To Replace Gautam Gambhir As Team's Mentor

Notably, after the Indian cricket team lifted the T20 World Cup 2024 trophy beating South Africa in the final, Rahul Dravid joked about being ‘jobless’ from the next month, and he even jokingly asked the reporters if they had any offers for him.

Dravid didn’t want to resume as the Indian team’s head coach as the job requires spending 10 months a year traveling, away from the family. However, things are different with the Indian Premier League. In IPL, Rahul Dravid only needs to be with the team for only 2 or 3 months in a year.

Dravid Has Previously Done Coaching And Mentoring In IPL

Previously, Dravid was roped in as a mentor for Rajasthan Royals between 2014 and 2015, during which, he also served as a Team India mentor for the 2014 tour of England. He has also worked with Delhi Daredevils as the coach before leaving the job in 2017 over a ‘conflict of interest’. Dravid has also worked as the head coach of India’s junior teams, including Under-19 and India A.