Gambhir reckoned that Eoin Morgan’s decision to take Varun Chakravarthy out of the attack after a brilliant first over is the ‘worse, weird kind of captaincy’ he has ever seen in his life.
Varun Chakravarthy had got KKR off to a brilliant start as he claimed RCB skipper Virat Kohli and Rajat Patidar in his first six balls to reduce the Challengers to 2/9.
But Morgan proceeded to make a tactical blunder as he immediately replaced Chakravarthy with Shakib Al Hasan.
The move allowed Glenn Maxwell to settle into his innings as he took Hasan downtown in his next two overs.
Chakravarthy only returned to the attack in the 8th over but by then Maxwell was in full flow.
The Australian thumped the wrist-spinner for a four and a six before him and AB de Villiers racked up 17 off his last over.
“That is probably the worse, weird kind of captaincy I have ever seen in my life. Someone (Varun Chakravarthy) taking 2 wickets in his 1st over and then doesn’t get to bowl the next over. You could have actually sealed the game in the first 6 overs,'” said Gautam Gambhir on Star Sports.
“Had Varun Chakravarthy got his 3rd wicket or had he got Glenn Maxwell out in the first 6 overs, this game would have been over there and then. I’m happy an Indian captain didn’t make that blunder because a lot of people would have got their daggers out had an Indian captain made that call,” he added.
“That is the most ridiculous captaincy I have ever seen. I can’t explain that,” added Gautam Gambhir.
Maxwell smashed a whirlwind 49-ball 78 while AB de Villiers dazzled with an unbeaten 34-ball 76 as RCB racked up 4/204, a target that proved to be a bit too much for Eoin Morgan’s KKR.