Gambhir is a smart strategist… World champion coach gives Gauti the green signal

Orhan Wadia
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Mumbai Former India coach Lalchand Rajput believes Gautam Gambhir is the right candidate to take Indian cricket forward. The world-winning coach said that Gambhir is a smart strategist as well as a player who has won the World Cup title twice. There is no confirmed information about whether Gambhir has officially applied for the post of India coach. There is speculation that he may replace Rahul Dravid after the T20 World Cup. The last date to apply for the post of India's head coach ended on May 27. Under Rajput's coaching, the Indian team won the T20 World Cup in 2007.

Lal Chand Rajput said, 'Gautam Gambhir is completely dedicated to his work. He has played cricket hard and he understands the game well. This has been seen for KKR as well. Last year also KKR's team was like this. This year you can feel the change in the team. Gambhir is also a smart strategist.' Rajput said that Gambhir's experience as a two-time World Cup winning Indian player will also be useful for the team. He said, 'Gambhir has won two World Cups as a player. He is a good candidate, but it all depends on BCCI who they want. In my opinion, Gambhir will be the right candidate to take Indian cricket forward.'

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Comparing the 2007 World T20 winning Indian team and the current US team, the former Indian opener said that having experienced players in the team is beneficial. He said, “You should also have some experience. We cannot go with a completely new team because there is pressure in the World Cup.” Rajput said, “You should have some senior players and some juniors as well because they complement each other. If you look at our 2007 team, experienced players like (Virender) Sehwag, Gambhir, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan (Singh), RP Singh and Yuvraj were in the team. Along with this, there were young players like Rohit Sharma, Robin Uthappa and even Dinesh Karthik. It was a good mix.”

Lalchand Rajput said it would be difficult for India to select the final XI but he backed Rishabh Pant as the wicketkeeper-batsman and Virat Kohli as the opener.

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