Former Indian left-arm pacer reckons the Captaincy tenure of Gautam Gambhir was very short for the Team India – a player like Gautam had that ability to be captained the team India for long.
While under the captaincy of fearless southpaw opener team India went onto win 6 out 6 games.
Recognizing the captaincy skills of Gautam Gambhir, Kolkata Knight Riders back in 2011 gave the captaincy of KKR while selecting him up in the IPL auction – who played early for Delhi Daredevil and looked like that’s what he was waiting.
Gautam Gambhir during the KKR Captaincy
KKR who was fighting for existence – turned of the most consistent team in the IPL under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir and went onto lift the trophy in 2012 and 2014.
Gautam Gambhir the unsung heroes of team India who has played two unforgettable knocks in final of 2007 T-20 world cup and 2011 World cup Final – in such pressure situation played such knocks defines how big match player he was for the team India.
During 2010 and 2011, Gautam Gambhir has captained the team in 6 ODIs with 100 per cent track record – this is stats why Irfan Pathan reckons, he should captained long.
“People don’t talk about Rahul Dravid as much. So, people who don’t talk about Rahul Dravid as much, do they dislike him? No. Under his captaincy, India won 16 consecutive ODIs while chasing.
Irfan Pathan Reckons, Dhoni in terms of captaincy was the result-oriented
Sometimes it gets under the wrap,” Pathan told Cricket.com in an interview. “As a winning captain, as a result-oriented captain and the guy who got the result, who had an excellent team, it was Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
“I have huge respect for Sourav Ganguly, I have great respect for the captaincy of Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and I think Gautam Gambhir should have led the Indian team a lot more as well than he did. He could have been a really good leader,” Pathan further added.
“I really admire Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, but that doesn’t mean, I don’t admire the quality of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.”
While Gautam Gambhir led India in crucial series against New Zealand, where he was the highest scorer with 329 runs and awarded with Man of series and clinched the series with 5-0.
Gautam Gambhir was the captain in the 5th match of series against West Indies in December 2011, where the team India won the match and Gambhir registered his 6th win as the team Captain.