Gautam Gambhir Former Indian team opener Gautam Gambhir is known for openly discussing the concerns related to cricket. Due to which he is sometimes trolled.

In a recent interview with Sportskeeda, he gave his honest views on many important issues. In this post we will analyze five major aspects of that interview.

5. Gautam Gambhir supported Hardik Pandya

Mumbai Indians, captained by Hardik Pandya, had a very poor performance in the current IPL season and MI became the first team to be eliminated from the playoff race. Former cricketers like AB de Villiers and Kevin Pietersen have criticized Pandya for poor captaincy.

On the other hand, Gambhir supported Pandya on this topic and said that it is difficult for any player to captain a team for the first time. He expressed hope that good days will come for Pandya also. Apart from this, Gambhir also took note of the captaincy records of stalwarts like De Villiers and Pietersen. Also said that De Villiers has not achieved anything and has only made personal records.

4. Gautam Gambhir told the reason for not smiling

Gautam Gambhir is rarely seen smiling on and off the cricket pitch. The KKR manager was recently seen smiling in the dugout. And this photo of his went viral. In the interview, Gambhir also told why he smiles so rarely.

He said, “Fans come to see KKR win, not to see me smiling.” If KKR wins and I am not smiling, you can assume I am smiling. I think by now all the pundits should realize that my smile is priceless. I can’t smile at someone like this. You don’t get expensive things easily.

3. Rivalry with RCB

During the current season of IPL, a video of Gautam Gambhir was leaked in which he said that he hopes to defeat RCB. The broadcaster aired this video repeatedly on social media. Gambhir told that it was an old film which the broadcaster had shared on social media for TRP. Gambhir declared that he is motivated to defeat not just RCB, but all the teams. This feeling is clearly visible in KKR this season.

2. Gautam Gambhir refuses to take credit for KKR’s performance in IPL 2024

In the 17th season of IPL, Kolkata Knight Riders became the first team to reach the playoffs. Most cricket fans and analysts give credit for this to team mentor Gautam Gambhir. However, Gambhir refused to take full responsibility for it. He said, ‘This also requires hard work from all the players, because they have to come on the pitch and perform as per the plan.’

1. Gautam Gambhir has selected Rishabh Pant for T20 World Cup

Gautam Gambhir has made Rishabh Pant the wicketkeeper-batsman of Team India in place of Sanju Samson for the 2018 T20 World Cup. When asked why, he said, “If I had to choose, I would probably go with Rishabh Pant because he is a natural middle-order batsman.” If we look at IPL, Sanju has batted at number three. I believe that Rishabh has batted at number five, six and seven. Looking at the structure of Team India, we need a wicketkeeper at that position rather than at the top of the order.