Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir commended Australia for prioritizing trust in their ex-players as coaches, emphasizing India and Pakistan’s need to emulate this strategy.

In a recent interview with Sportskeeda, Gautam Gambhir lauded Australia for prioritizing ex-players as coaches, urging India and Pakistan to emulate this strategy by appointing coaches from their respective nations.

Under the coaching tenure of Gary Kirsten, India secured the World Cup victory in 2011; however, in recent years, Anil Kumble, Ravi Shastri, and Rahul Dravid have taken on coaching roles for the team.

Gambhir highlighted Australia’s consistent success, noting that their reliance on Australian coaches has contributed to their achievements, emphasizing the importance of trusting homegrown talent. Reflecting on Australia’s dominance, he questioned the last non-Australian coach for the men’s team.

“Who was the last non-Australian coach of the men’s team? Their head coach is always Australian. They had Justin Langer, now Andrew McDonald and before them some other Australian. I said this a year back that India and Pakistan should have coaches from their own country and people had criticized it a lot. A lot of people said that we won under Gary Kirsten,” Gambhir said.

“The emotion that Rahul Dravid will have when he wears that white or blue T-shirt, no foreign coach will have that. We have such a rich history, we do not have to look outside. We are not a nation that has started playing cricket 10 years back. We have players who have won us World Cups. Emotions are very important in sports – what you think about your country and your team. Australia’s biggest strength is that they never look at foreign players as head coach. They will hire consultants, but not for long term because they believe in their people. We need to do the same,” he added.

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Last Updated on December 14, 2023

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