Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan, recently, talked about the captaincy of several cricketers. He mentioned Rahul Dravid’s captaincy during which India enjoyed immense success. He also said that he has great respect for Anil Kumble for his captaincy stint. But he wished that the former cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who led India in six ODIs, could have been given more chances to lead the team, stating that he is a good leader.
In 2011-12, Gambhir was given the captaincy of India in the five-match ODI series against New Zealand. He successfully led the team and India whitewashed the kiwi team by 5-0.
He was again captaincy in one of the matches against West Indies where the Men In Blue gained the victory. Overall, under his captaincy, India played six ODI matches and won all the six of them owing to the ODI series. So, he has a 100 per cent win record.
Perhaps that is the reason why his former India team-mate Irfan Pathan believes Gambhir should have captained India more.
“People don’t talk about Rahul Dravid as much. So, people who don’t talk about Rahul Dravid as much, do they dislike him? No. Under his captaincy, India won 16 consecutive ODIs while chasing. Sometimes it gets under the wrap,”
“As a winning captain, as a result-oriented captain and the guy who got the result, who had an excellent team, it was Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
“I have huge respect for Sourav Ganguly, I have great respect for the captaincy of Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and I think Gautam Gambhir should have led the Indian team a lot more as well than he did. He could have been a really good leader,” Pathan went on.
Gautam Gambhir, who retired from international cricket in 2018, is known for his blistering-winning knocks in the ICC World Cup 2011 and T20 World Cup 2007. He was the match-winner for Team India.