Former India National Cricket Team opening batsman Gautam Gambhir has made a massive remark on the Indian Premier League (IPL), saying that the tournament is the “best thing that has happened to Indian cricket”.
The 41-year-old Gambhir, who scored 4217 runs in the Indian Premier League, led the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to two IPL triumphs, first in 2012 by defeating Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the final and then in 2014 by defeating Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) in the final.
Meanwhile, Gautam Gambhir asserted that many criticise and blame the Indian Premier League after the Men In Blue fail to perform well in major ICC tournaments, which he feels is unfair.
“IPL is the best thing that has happened to Indian cricket. I can say this with all my senses. There has been lot of backlash regarding IPL since it started. Every time Indian cricket does not do well, the blame comes on IPL, which is not fair. If we don’t perform well in ICC tournaments, blame the players, blame the performance, but it is unfair to point fingers on the IPL,” Gambhir said, as quoted by ANI.
The 41-year-old added that the Indian Premier League also provides financial security to the players.
“A sportsman can only earn till he is 35-36. IPL provides with financial security which is equally important,” he at the Turf 2022 and India Sports Awards of FICCI.
I strongly believe Indian should coach the Indian team – Gautam Gambhir
Gambhir believes that the BCCI should strictly appoint only Indian coaches for the India National Cricket Team as foreign coaches do no good to the side.
“One good thing that has happened in Indian cricket is that Indians have started coaching the Indian National Cricket team now. I strongly believe Indian should coach the Indian team. All these foreign coaches, who we gave a lot of importance to, come here to make money and then they vanish. Emotions are important in sports. The only people who can be emotional about Indian cricket are the ones who have represented their country,” Gambhir said.
While mentioning his role at the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the Indian Premier League, Gautam Gambhir said that he wants to see more Indian coaches in the marquee T20 league.
“I am a mentor of Lucknow Super Giants. One thing want to change is that want to see all Indian coaches in IPL. Because no Indian coach gets opportunity in Big Bash or any other foreign leagues. India is a superpower in cricket, but our coaches do not get opportunity anywhere. All the foreigners come here and get the top jobs. We are more democratic and flexible than other leagues. We need to give our own people more opportunity,” he added.