Srinagar, July 31: Former Team India all-round and J&K Cricket team mentor Irfan Pathan has said that the former India cricketer who had 100 percent win record for India in International cricket should have captained team more often and deserved captaincy.
Pathan was speaking about Gautam Gambhir who captained India in six One Day Internationals and won all of them. Despite thay record Gambhir wasnt handle India’s captaincy.
“People don’t talk about Rahul Dravid as much. So, people who don’t talk about Rahul Dravid as much, do they dislike him? No. Under his captaincy, India won 16 consecutive ODIs while chasing. Sometimes it gets under the wrap,” Pathan told Cricket.com in an interview.
“As a winning captain, as a result-oriented captain and the guy who got the result, who had an excellent team, it was MS Dhoni, ” He said.
“I have huge respect for Sourav Ganguly, I have great respect for the captaincy of Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and I think Gautam Gambhir should have led the Indian team a lot more as well than he did. He could have been a really good leader,” Pathan said.
“I really admire Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, but that doesn’t mean, I don’t admire the quality of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, ” He explained.
As per record books, Gambhir captained India in a five ODI series against New Zealand in 2010, in which the home team blanked the Kiwis 5-0. He was named Man of the Series for his tally of 329 runs. In December of 2011, Gambhir captained India in an ODI against West Indies – the fifth match of the series – and bagged his sixth win as India skipper.