After quitting the game, Gautam Gambhir is keen to help youngsters
He also said that he still doesn’t know whether he will be as good a coach as a player and hence will have to evaluate what hat to don next.
Updated - Dec 13, 2018 4:34 pm
Former India opener Gautam Gambhir had a perfect ending to his playing career with a century against Andhra in the ongoing Ranji Trophy although his side Delhi missed winning the match closely and had to settle for a draw. But what lies next for the feisty left-hander? According to the 37-year-old, he is eager to help youngsters who dream to make it big. Does it sound like a coach’s vocabulary?
Gambhir, who played for India between 2003 and 2016 and scored over 10,000 international runs with 20 hundreds and two memorable knocks in two World Cup finals, has had a poor form since the last several months. He played last for India in a Test in England and with more new players emerging, the possibility of him making a return to the national side looked only theoretical. And finally, Gambhir decided to hang up his boots after the game against Andhra.
Passion is key for Gambhir
In reply to a question on what he plans next after the match, Gambhir was quoted as saying by Indian Express, “I do not know actually whether I will be good at anything else. But whatever I do has to be with the same passion. If given a position I will try to be honest and help the boys. They need a lot of good things in DDCA and hopefully, I can put that word across to the executive committee and get those things done from a cricket point of view.”
Gambhir also had a realistic take on donning the role of a cricket administrator. When asked whether he would like to be one, the man said he is “too straightforward” to be in administration. “I don’t think people will accept me anywhere.”
Gambhir also said that he loves to be involved in a task that has action and was not sure whether he would be doing commentary since that calls for a little action. He also said that he still doesn’t know whether he will be as good a coach as a player and hence will have to evaluate what hat to don next.