Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir said that the fear of losing is one of the main factors behind India’s poor run in South Africa.
India lost the three-match Test series against Dean Elgar-led South Africa by 1-2, even after winning the first match of the Test series in a dominating manner in Centurion.
Also, the poor performance of the Indian team continued in the One Day International series as KL Rahul-led India lost the first match by 31 runs and the second match by 7 wickets against the Temba Bavuma-led South Africa. The third and final match of the ODI series is being played at the Newlands, Cape Town on Sunday.
During a discussion on Star Sports, Gautam Gambhir was asked about the factors behind India’s poor run in South Africa, to which he responded:
“Fear of losing. You don’t play on reputations, Cricket isn’t played on reputations. It is played in the middle. Many people say that India’s top-4 or top-5 is very explosive and very experienced. But the way you play in the middle is the only way to determine results.”
We Need To Look Beyond The Fear Of Losing – Gautam Gambhir
Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir also said that the Indian team need to look beyond the fear of losing the matches. He said:
“We need to look beyond the fear of losing and the fear of own performance, that ‘I shouldn’t get out, I should score runs’.”
Gambhir believes that India need to value the small contributions as they can’t win the ICC tournaments by remaining only stats-driven. He elaborated:
“We need to value small contributions as well, not only from team management but from all perspectives (experts and media). Unless you give value to them, you will only remain stats-driven and numbers-driven. And that doesn’t win you series and ICC tournaments. Only a combination of everything will win you big tournaments.”
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