Sunil Gavaskar Praised Gautam Gambhir And Naveen-ul-Haq And Stunned Virat Kohli Fans: The Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) will take on the 5-time title-winners Mumbai Indians (MI) for a knockout game in IPL 2023: the Eliminator on Wednesday at the Chepauk.
In their first IPL season last year, LSG had lost in the Eliminator to RCB. This time, having once again finished 3rd in the points table, LSG would want to go more steps further.
Despite the absence of their regular skipper and opener KL Rahul, and with Mark Wood getting injured after the initial matches, LSG have done superbly to reach the playoffs and end up with 8 wins in 14 games. The young and inexperienced players in the LSG camp have stepped up and performed impressively. Much of the credit should also go to Gautam Gambhir, the LSG mentor.
Sunil Gavaskar reckons having Indian coaches like Gautam Gambhir helps significantly in young players’ development
Legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar, in his column for Sportstar, have lavished rich praises on the LSG mentor, Gautam Gambhir, for putting a hand on the shoulders of the young players such as Ravi Bishnoi, Ayush Badoni, and Naveen-Ul-Haq, all of whom have thrived under the coaching of Gautam Gambhir and Andy Flower at LSG this season.
Citing examples of KKR’s Indian players also doing well udner Chandrakant Pandit, Sunil Gavaskar asserted the importance of having Indian coaches in the IPL franchises.
“Look at the progress made by Rinku Singh under Chandu Pandit, the terrific coming back to form of Venkatesh Iyer and Varun Chakravarthy, and Nitish Rana growing as a captain. Under the guidance of Gautam Gambhir, see how Ravi Bishnoi, Ayush Badoni, and Naveen-Ul-Haq are flowering, as also under Ashish Nehra and Hardik Pandya, who invariably find a new player of the match.
“That’s simply because communication and reach are easy for the domestic Indian players in these teams. Mind you, there will always be the overseas champ who has a way with young players and can act as a guide and mentor to them. These are rare exceptions and not the norm,” Gavaskar wrote in his column for Sportstar.