Gambhir praised bowlers for their contributions to India’s two World Cup victories.
Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has backed Indian coaches, complimenting them for assisting domestic and national cricketers with their game and advocating for the Indian side to choose home-grown instructors.
He was sceptical of foreign coaches and their tactics, which he said would interfere with Indian players’ technique in the long term.
Gautam Gambhir stated that Indian coaches have shown themselves in the past, citing Lalchand Rajput, who led India to the inaugural ICC T20I World Cup in 2007 and the CB tri-series in Australia in 2008.
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“Yes, we don’t want and 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 coaching of Lal Chand Rajput,” he said to ANI.
“We also won the CB series first time in Australia with the same coach but what we remember is the 2011 World Cup victory and coach Gary Kirsten,” mentioned Gambhir.
He questioned the past foreign coaches’ coaching tenures. “What special work was done by Duncan Fletcher and John Wright? We have to show trust in our local players and coaches,” he said.
Moreover, the 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 World Cup winning opener lauded the bowlers’ contribution to the Indian team’s triumph.
“Why should we always remember players who scored 97 and 91 in the World cup final. Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh played crucial roles in the Indian victory and their effort was equal to that of batsmen, so we have to remember them too,” he said.