Gautam Gambhir, the former Indian cricketer, recently criticized former Indian Head coach Ravi Shastri for showing a lack of humility in his statements post his tenure. Shastri’s tenure as the head coach of India ended on a low note this month with Virat Kohli and Co. failing to qualify for the semifinals of the T20 World Cup. After his reign ended, Shastri said on a couple of occasions that the current Indian team is the best in the world basis on their overseas performances.
When we won the 2011 World Cup no one gave such statements: Gautam Gambhir
Under Shastri’s reign, India won back-to-back test series in Australia which is something never achieved by any Asian team. The Indian test team also currently leads the unfinished test series in England 2-1 and outplayed the hosts in their own backyard. Adding to that, India lost a close series in South Africa but has an unbeaten record in the series played at home.
Gambhir slammed Shastri’s statements following India’s mega victories on foreign soil and said it’s fine if others talk about your success. He gave the example of the 2011 World Cup which India won but there weren’t any boastful statements made.
“The one thing I found surprising is that when you play well, you don’t usually boast about it. It’s fine if others talk about it; when we won the 2011 World Cup, no one gave statements saying that this team is the best in the world, let alone country,” Gambhir said on Times Now Navbharat.
You won’t hear such statements from Rahul Dravid: Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir further claimed that Rahul Dravid, India’s new head coach will never make such comments. Gambhir stated that Dravid’s statements will remain balanced irrespective of win or loss.
“When you win, let others talk about it. You won in Australia, that’s a big achievement no doubt. You won in England, performed well, no doubt. But let others praise you. You won’t hear such statements from Rahul Dravid. Whether India plays good or bad, his statements will always remain balanced. Moreover, it will reflect on other players,” said the former Indian opener.
Gambhir said that humility is very important and Dravid will bring the change in the players.
“Humility is very important, whether you play good or bad. Cricket won’t go on forever. I think Dravid’s major focus will be on players being good people first,” Gambhir further said.
Dravid showcased humility last night where he admitted that India must keep their feet on the ground as New Zealand was playing a series with only three days gap from their World Cup final encounter.
• Gautam Gambhir slams Ravi Shastri for giving boastful statements
• Gambhir claims Dravid will never make such statements