Gambhir Appointed India’s Head Coach, Indian Golfers Gear Up for Busy Schedule

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir’s appointment as the next head coach of the Indian cricket team has been met with widespread praise from the Indian cricket fraternity. The announcement comes less than two weeks after Rahul Dravid’s tenure ended on a high, culminating in India’s victory at the T20 World Cup.

Harbhajan Singh, a former India off-spinner, extended his congratulations to Gambhir on his new innings as Team India head coach. “I am sure that your experience, energy, passion, aggression, and talent will steer the team on the path of excellence. My best wishes to you. Good luck buddy,” wrote Harbhajan. Anil Kumble, another former Indian cricketer, added his well wishes, commenting, “Congratulations Gautam Gambhir. Wishing you the best!” Former Indian batter Robin Uthappa, who partnered with Gambhir in their 2014-IPL title-winning campaign, also expressed his support. “Congratulations bro!! Can’t wait to see the men’s team flourish under your able guidance. Wishing you the best for the new role. Lots of love!!” Uthappa posted on X.

Test stalwart Cheteshwar Pujara also joined in the congratulatory messages, writing, “Congratulations and best wishes Gauti bhai!”

Meanwhile, Indian golfer Diksha Dagar is gearing up for a busy stretch of her career, which includes the Amundi Evian Championships, one of the Majors in women’s golf. She is set to play seven events in eight weeks, with two Majors, the Olympics, the Women’s Scottish Open, and a Ladies European Tour event. Also participating in the two Majors, including this week’s Evian, is Aditi Ashok. She will also be competing in the Olympics and the Women’s Scottish Open. This will be Aditi’s third Olympic Games, while Diksha is set to compete for the second time.

Diksha is coming off a strong performance at the Aramco Series London, finishing in T-14. Her recent form suggests she is returning to the kind of form that saw her finish third on the LET order of Merit. She currently ranks 14th on the Order of Merit, boasting three top-10 finishes, four top-20s, and two top-25s. Aditi, who won the season-ending Andalucia Championships on LET in 2023, has not yet achieved a top-10 finish in 2024. Her best performance this season was a T-17 finish at the Meijer LPGA Classic. However, she has missed only four cuts in 14 starts, though many of her finishes have been in the lower half of the leaderboard. The prospect of another Olympics will undoubtedly motivate Aditi, as she knows the impact she made by finishing fourth in Tokyo.

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