Gautam Gambhir fits the definition of “Contemporary Chanakya of the Indian cricket world”.
He has made his mark in all three formats, played a key role in India winning two World Cups in 2007 and 2011, and captained Kolkata to two IPL trophies.
However these are not his only highlights. Beyond these articles, what makes Gambhir stand out among the former players is his profound views on cricket, subject matter wisdom and broad vision. His specialty is that he approaches many of the subtleties of the field from an angle that no one else has thought of.
It’s not because of years of cricketing experience, it’s something that has always flowed naturally with him. It was his tactics that set the team alight during his tenure as Kolkata’s captain. From replacing McCullum with Bislaw in the 2012 final to the unexpected opening of Sunil Narine to turn him into the match-winner, his moves strengthened KKR and led them to victory. No player’s ability escapes the infra-red eyes of a captain or coach, just as what is seen as stone in the eyes of others is seen as sculpture in the eyes of a sculptor. Silent killer Gambhir said how to use a player in such a way and how to make him the vehicle of the team and go to victory.