Gautam Gambhir trained, had meals with reserve players: Robin Uthappa on ex-KKR captain’s winning formula

Gautam Gambhir ended Kolkata Knight Riders’ title drought in 2012 and helped them win the IPL for the 2nd time in 2014.

Gautam Gambhir led KKR to their 2nd title in 2014 (Courtesy by BCCI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Robin Uthappa has heaped rich praise on former KKR captain Gautam Gambhir
  • Gambhir never interfere in anyone’s games: Uthappa
  • Uthappa flourished under Gambhir’s captaincy, hitting 660 runs in their title-winning season in 2014

India and Rajasthan Royals wicketkeeper-batsman Robin Uthappa has shed light on what made Gautam Gambhir a successful captain in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Robin Uthappa, who was part of the victorious Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) franchise in 2014, said Gautam Gambhir never interfered with players’ games and allowed them to express themselves freely.

Uthappa said Gambhir loved spending time with the reserves and even trained with them to make sure they never felt left out from the scheme of things.

Gambhir won his 2nd IPL title as captain and his 2nd with KKR in 2014. The Kolkata-based franchise, which won its maiden title in 2012, finished second on the points table with 9 wins in 14 matches before going on to beat Kings XI Punjab in a high-scoring final.

“What stood out for me was that he allowed people to express themselves and didn’t interfere with anyone’s games. He made sure he built a sense of security within the group and that I think also is integral in winning tournaments like the IPL and that’s what successful captains do,” Robin Uthappa told Star Sports ‘Cricket Connected’.

“In my experience of winning tournaments, what I’ve seen is that successful captains give people their space to express themselves and make sure that everyone within the group is feeling secure.

“So, they communicated to players even who are not playing, there’s a sense of communication that’s growing within the side, you need to bind with players especially in a tournament like the IPL, guys who aren’t playing also play a big factor in building momentum and creating the right energy within the group.

“He made sure he spent a lot of time with the reserves, he trained with them, he had meals with them, so they never felt left out.”

Robin Uthappa flourished under Gautam Gambhir’s captaincy in 2014 which turned out to be one of his best years in the IPL. Uthappa scored 660 runs and won the Orange Cap in 2014 as he played a key role in KKR winning their 2nd title.

Uthappa is second on the list of most runs scored for KKR. With 2649 runs in 91 matches, he is only…

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