Gautam Gambhir says “Passion and energy not enough to win trophies, Virat Kohli was never the best tactician” in IPL 2021. Virat Kohli’s captaincy career with the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Also, the former India opener Gautam Gambhir looked back. At his eight years of leadership with a critical eye in many competitions.
Gambhir said Virat Kohli always requires the tactical nous. Also, shrewdness to win tournaments like the IPL. Gambhir notices that only “passion and energy” aren’t enough to win trophies. As well as a captain has to always be a few steps ahead of the match. He spoke after former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar. He criticized Virat Kohli on some aspects. But had praised him for his on-field vigor.
“He’s got a long, long run. Eight years is a very long time. And yes Sanjay spoke about his passion and stuff but probably he was never the best tactician or never had the shrewdness a captain requires on a cricket field. You have got to be instinctive and ahead of the game. Yes, you would see the passion and energy but that’s not enough to win you trophies. You got to be a good tactician as well [who knows] when to do what,” Gambhir said.
“You have to got to be one or two overs ahead of the game rather than probably just going along with the game. That’s what the best T20 captains have always done… He’s captained India for a very long time, he’s captained India in all three formats so I am sure that from the tactician and shrewdness point of view, he was not right up there,” Gambhir added.
Lastly, Gautam Gambhir also paid a small tribute to AB de Villiers. He might have played his last season with the RCB. Gambhir called De Villiers a “genius” who would give bowlers “nightmares” and labeled him. The toughest opponent he ever played against.