Former Indian opening batsman Gautam Gambhir had a crucial piece of advice for star opener KL Rahul who captained the Indian team in the second Test of the three-match Test series against South Africa at the Wanderers, Johannesburg.
Rahul was appointed as the skipper of the team after Virat Kohli was ruled out of the second Test match against South Africa due to a back spasm and Rahul-led India lost the match by 7 wickets. Captain Kohli will be returning to the side for the last Test. However, Rahul will be leading the Indian team in the ODI series against South Africa as original white-ball captain Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the series due to an injury.
In a conversation with Star Sports after India’s defeat, Gambhir said that Rahul will learn with time but mentioned that it will be better for him if he learns everything faster. Gambhir also advised Rahul to become an aggressive captain not by his attitude, but with his field placements.
“But KL Rahul, the more time he spends, the better he will learn, but the faster he learns the better it is. This is not like ODI or T20I captaincy, which is far easier because you don’t have to focus much on field placements. In Test cricket you need to buy the wickets, sometimes even gamble with your choices.”
“Like in the case of Bavuma, had he placed three slips instead of keeping one at the cover and tempt him into playing the drive maybe there could have been an opportunity for caught behind. But he kept a deep point which was a defensive mindset and it is something that he should be told about. You need to be an aggressive captain, not by attitude, but with your field placements,” the former Indian opener explained.
We Definitely Missed Virat Kohli The Batsman – Gautam Gambhir
The 40-year-old Gambhir also said that Virat Kohli the batsman and the captain was missed in the Johannesburg Test. In a conversation with Star Sports Gambhir said:
“We definitely missed Virat Kohli the batsman. Steve Smith, Joe Root, Kane Williamson, Rohit Sharma, these are the type of batters you miss. And it is difficult to find their replacement, no matter what form they are in because the expectation remains that they will score those big runs. But Kohli the captain, we missed him as well because he is so experienced and things turn simpler for experienced captains because they have been around for long.”
Get All Cricket match prediction and fantasy Tips – CLICK HERE