Indian opener Gautam Gambhir, who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket a couple of days back, has had his moments of high’s and low’s throughout his career, both as a batsman and a captain. The left hander, who played a pivotal role in both of India’s World Cup triumphs, announced his decision to call it quits in an 11 min video released on his facebook page, sending a shock wave across the country and bringing an end to an illustrious career that lasted for over a decade.
The southpaw also tasted huge success as skipper in the Indian Premier League as well, leading the Kolkata Knight Riders to two titles in 2012 and 2014. The 37 year old however had a disappointing end to his IPL career when his poor form with the bat resulted in him stepping down as captain of the Delhi Daredevils and led to him not even being retained by the franchise for the 2019 season.
The flamboyant Indian opener made his international debut for India in 2003 under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly and has played under several captains during the span of his playing career since then. In an exclusive interview with CricketNext, Gambhir admitted that IPL had made him a better leader. The left hander named former Indian spinner Anil Kumble as the best captain he had ever played under. Gambhir reckoned that despite many skippers having captained India over the years, Kumble was perhaps the most underrated and could have taken the Indian cricket team to an entirely different level had been captained India for a longer period of time.
“IPL taught me how to be a leader. I have played under a lot of captains but I have played under very few leaders. One of those was Anil Kumble. He was the best captain that I had for a very long time. He didn’t captain India for a very long time, whatever little I played under his captaincy I knew that India missed out on a leader who could have taken India to a different level. He taught me things how to become a leader and a perfect role model for me,” Gambhir said.
Gambhir has a cent percent record as captain of the Indian cricket team. He led India in 6 ODIs during the 2010-11 season, winning each of the six matches he played as captain.