Cricketer turned politician, Gautam Gambhir apart from being a very successful opener was also an astute leader. If one leaves the 1983 World Cup final aside (which has to be the single most important day in Indian cricket history) the T20 World 2007 final and the 2011 World Cup final are the two most important matches in Indian cricket and Gambhir top scored in both.
His captaincy record includes, leading Delhi to the Ranji Trophy title, winning 5 out of 5 Odis as captain of India and winning two IPL titles as captain of KKR. So here’s a man who knows what he’s talking about in terms of T20 cricket. He recently spoke about the having a different batting coach for T20 cricket as compared to the other two formats.
“Probably you can just have a different T20 batting coach, just for that particular format. It is really not true that someone who hasn’t played international cricket or who hasn’t played enough cricket, can’t become a successful coach,” Gambhir said on Star Sports’ show ‘Cricket Connected’. “What ultimately a coach does in a T20 format is frees your mindset and feeds your mindset and make you hit those goals and those big shots,” he added.
“No one teaches you how to hit a lap shot or a reverse lap shot, no coach can do that. If someone is trying to do that to a player, he is harming him more than actually making him a better player,” he concluded.