World Cup winner Gautam Gambhir picks best India captain he played under
Gautam Gambhir has picked the best India captain he played under. 'Had he captained India for a long time, he would have broken a lot of records'
Bengaluru: Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has revealed the best captain he played under in the national team. The left-hander felt he “would have broken a lot of records” as skipper if he was at the helm for a long time.
Gambhir, who was part of India’s two world titles (World T20 2007 and World Cup 2011), picked spin legend Anil Kumble as the best captain he played under.
“Yes, MS Dhoni in terms of records is right up there but yes, for me the best captain I have played under is Kumble,” Gambhir, who is now a BJP MP, told Star Sports’ “Cricket Connected”.
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“Sourav (Ganguly) has done really well. One captain that I would have definitely wanted to captain India for a long time is Kumble. I played six Test matches under him probably; he didn’t captain India for that long. Had he captained India for a long time, he would have broken a lot of records,” he added.
Kumble was appointed as India Test captain in 2007. His first series was at home, against Pakistan. Under his leadership India won three Tests of the 14 he was in-charge. Captaincy came very late in his career, after having made his debut in 1990.
It was after Rahul Dravid quit Test captaincy, that the BCCI selectors chose Kumble to lead the Test side with Dhoni already handed over the ODI and T20I reins. Kumble retired in 2008. Kumble is the highest Indian wicket-taker in both Tests and ODIs, with 619 and 337 wickets respectively.