Just-retired Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, on Thursday (December 6), picked Anil Kumble as the best ever Indian captain under whom he played in his two decades long illustrious cricketing career.
In his career, Gambhir played under numerous Indian captains including Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni, but it was Kumble who impressed him most, saying he was not only a great captain but was also a great leader and India missed out on a leader “who could have taken India to a different level” as the spin legend couldn’t lead the national side for a long time.
The 37-year-old, who played match-winning roles in the finals of both 2007 World T20 and 2011 ODI World Cup, recently announced his retirement from all forms of the game and his last match will be for his state team –Delhi against Andhra Pradesh in the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2018-19.
Gambhir told CricketNext on Thursday, “I have played under a lot of captains but I have played under very few leaders. One of those was Anil Kumble. He was the best captain that I had for a very long time. He didn’t captain India for a very long time, whatever little I played under his captaincy I knew that India missed out on a leader who could have taken India to a different level. He taught me things how to become a leader and a perfect role model for me.”
Meanwhile, the left-hander has revealed that not winning a Test series overseas was his personal biggest disappointment in his 58 Test career.
Gambhir signed off by saying, “My biggest disappointment was not to win Test series abroad. I was part of the great series win in New Zealand. Test cricket is the pinnacle of cricket, not the IPL or T20 cricket. Another special win was in South Africa but the lowest point was when we got thrashed 4-0 in England when we were the No. 1 side in the world. Went to Australia the same and against got thrashed, so those two were my lowest moments.”
(With CricketNext Inputs)