Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has praised the country’s coaches and advocated hiring Indian coaches for the Indian cricket team. Gambhir said that Indian coaches have proven themselves in the past, citing the example of Lal Chand Rajput, with whom India won the inaugural ICC T20I World Cup held in 2007. Gambhir criticized foreign coaches, saying they can spoil Indian cricket. .
“Yes, we don’t want or need foreign coaches for our team, they can spoil your cricket and team, what’s wrong with Indian coaches? What have they done wrong? We won the 2007 T20 World Cup under the guidance of Lal Chand Rajput,” he said.
The former India opener also spoke about India’s victory in the tri-series involving Australia and Sri Lanka in which the team was also under Rajput coaching. “We also won the CB series for the first time in Australia with the same coach, but what we remember is the 2011 World Cup win and coach Garry Kirsten,” Gambhir said.
He questioned the training periods of the previous foreign coaches. “What special work did Duncan Fletcher and Johnn Wright do? We have to show confidence in our local players and coaches,” he said.
Gambhir, who played a pivotal role in India’s 2007 and 2011 World Cup victories, also applauded and recalled the bowlers’ contribution. “Why should we always remember the players who scored 97 and 91 in the World Cup final? Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh played crucial roles in India’s victory and their effort was equal to that of the batsmen so we must remember them too,” he said.
The lefty was seen in the mentor role of the Lucknow Super Giant in the latest season of IPL.
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