Kumar Sangakkara stated he is not interested in the India head coach job due to time constraints and is happy with his role at Rajasthan Royals.

Following the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024, the Indian cricket team will see changes in its coaching setup. Rahul Dravid, the current head coach, will step down after the tournament, prompting the BCCI to search for his successor. Names such as Gautam Gambhir and Stephen Fleming have been mentioned as potential candidates.

Kumar Sangakkara, the former Sri Lankan cricketer and current coach of the Rajasthan Royals, was also reportedly considered. However, Sangakkara has publicly stated that he won’t be available for the role due to his commitment to the Royals and lack of time for a full-time international coaching position.

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“I have not been approached and I don’t have time to commit full-time to an India coaching job. Happy with my stint with Royals and let’s see how it goes,” Sangakkara mentioned after the IPL 2024 Qualifier 2.

Notably, Sangakkara has been successful with the Royals, guiding them to the final in 2022 and the playoffs in 2024. The Rajasthan Royals’ journey in the IPL 2024 ended with their elimination after losing to the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 2. Despite their efforts, the Royals couldn’t secure a spot in the final.

After the match, the Royals’ coach praised the team’s bowling performance, particularly highlighting Sandeep Sharma’s exceptional spell. Sangakkara noted that changing Sandeep’s role in the team, from an opener to a middle and back-end bowler, played to his strengths and was highly effective.

Sangakkara also mentioned the absence of key players like Prasidh Krishna and Navdeep Saini, the latter returning from a significant shoulder injury mid-season. He highlighted Sandeep’s consistency, stating that he has been outstanding for the Royals over two seasons.

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Last Updated on May 25, 2024

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