Why MS Dhoni is not eligible to apply for India head coach position – Explained

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The race for India's new men's cricket head coach is on. However, one popular name, MS Dhoni, is not eligible to become the coach after Rahul Dravid steps down after the 2024 ICC T20 World Cup. The reason? Anyone applying for the position must be retired from playing all formats. Despite retiring from international cricket in 2020, Dhoni is still playing in the IPL for Chennai Super Kings, and hence, he cannot be picked as the head coach.

Dhoni, who is undoubtedly the most popular Indian cricketer, has received a lot of clamour on social media to become the new coach of Team India.

However, this does not rule out Dhoni's possible involvement with the team. It is important to remember that he guided the Indian team during the 2021 T20 World Cup held in the UAE. That time India was eliminated in the group stages.

It cannot be said that Dhoni will retire after IPL 2024 while he is still in good form. This year he scored runs at a strike rate of over 220 and got out only three times in 11 innings.

Who is the favourite candidate to become India's new head coach?

Applications for the India head coach position ended on Monday. The BCCI had released a public Google form for candidates to apply. Over 3,000 applications were received.

According to the Indian Express report, many of the applications were fake, including those in the names of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Sachin Tendulkar.

Gautam Gambhir, mentor of Kolkata Knight Riders who recently won the IPL for the third time, has been discussed as a possible candidate. The names of Stephen Fleming and Ricky Ponting are also in the rumours.

However, the BCCI is yet to reveal the final list of nominees.

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