2007 WT20 and 2011 WC-winning cricketer Gautam Gambhir feels that Team India needs to stop searching for the next Kapil Dev and instead should move on. He also stressed the fact that the team management must not look forward to creating something that one cannot.
“If you don’t have something, don’t go for it. You have to accept and move on. Don’t try and create something which you can’t create, that is where the problem lies,”
Team India has always faced a dearth of world-class potential seaming all-rounders after the legendary Kapil Dev. This has led to putting enormous pressure on young all-rounders who were expected to be the next Kapil Dev in lieu of being the best selves of themselves.
“We keep talking about not having an all-rounder since Kapil Dev to be honest. So move on and try to develop people at the Ranji Trophy and once they get ready, get them in international cricket and stick with them. Don’t keep changing them quickly. We have seen that with so many guys like Vijay Shankar, Shivam Dube, and now Venkatesh Iyer. We need to move on,”
Gambhir also spoke on the necessity to groom budding cricketers at the domestic level. According to him, this will eliminate the burden on youngsters when they make it to the national side and come tailor-made for international cricket.
“I have always believed that international cricket is all about delivering and not grooming someone. Grooming happens in domestic and India A level. When you represent your country, you should be ready to go out there and perform straightaway,”
One of the most successful IPL skippers of all time, Gambhir will be back in IPL 2022 as the mentor for the new franchise Lucknow Super Giants.
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