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Former Kolkata Knight Riders team director Joy Bhattacharya has stated that MS Dhoni is Mr. cool but Gautam Gambhir would take a bullet for his players. Both MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir were poles apart in their leadership and had their own methods. Dhoni, as we know was always cool and composed in his approach and led the team from the front.
The former Indian skipper would always take his decision with a calm mind on his shoulders. On the other hand, Gautam Gambhir was more aggressive in his approach. Gambhir liked to take the bull by its horns and loved to get under the skin of the opposition.
Gautam Gambhir is known for his aggression
As Joy Bhattacharya has observed Gautam Gambhir from closed corners in the Kolkata Knight Riders, he stated that Gambhir plays with a lot of passion. Gambhir is known to have his heart on his sleeve and he is known to back his players.
Gambhir had led Kolkata Knight Riders with aplomb and he took the franchise to two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014. The southpaw was able to get the best out of his players and got positive results.
“Dhoni is Mr. Cool but Gambhir can never be cool. So What do you say when you have somebody like a Dhoni? He’s the coolest guy, they play chilled cricket, don’t worry about results, they’ll come just play cricket. He’s so calm that he’ll sort it out,” said Bhattacharya while talking to Gaurav Kapur on 22 Yarns.
Bhattacharya added that one can not expect Gautam Gambhir to be cool as it is not his forte. Gambhir is known to be aggressive and one has to back himself the way they are. The Delhi player-led KKR in 108 matches in which the team won 61 whereas they lost 46 and one match ended in a tie. Thus, Gambhir had a winning percentage of 56.94 in the IPL.
“You can’t play narrative with Gautam. So what do you do when you have a Gautam in the team? You don’t say that he’s captain cool, he’s the guy who will take a bullet for his players, he’s got all passion.”
“So when you’re standing with Gautam, you’ll never stand alone. So that’s what we did with KKR. It has worked for CSK, it has worked for MI and it worked for us as well, that’s the secret of a successful team. Successful teams are those which match their approach with the captain’s personality,” added Bhattacharya.
Gautam Gambhir not only delivered the goods for Kolkata Knight Riders as a captain but also he is the leading run-getter for the franchise. The southpaw opener scored 3035 runs in 108 matches for KKR at an average 31.61 and strike rate of 124.28.