“Our System Doesn’t Want To Pick Deputies Who Can Threaten The Captain’s Job” – Gautam Gambhir

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Highlight on the Vice-Captain role, Former Indian Cricketer and Kolkata Knight Riders Captain Gautam Gambhir believes that some of the Indian Premier League (IPL) teams have missed the opportunity to groom their No.2s.

The former 2011 world cup hero Gautam Gambhir, also pointed out that the teams pick vice-captains based on how submissive they are so that they aren’t threats to their captains’ position in the team.

“I am all for and his legacy but for me, the No. 2 in the ranks is a more important debate. I am not sure we give enough importance or relevance to the vice-captaincy in our cricket,” Gautam Gambhir wrote in his column for the Times of India.

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Cricketer turned politician Gambhir further criticized the management and added:

“In any good machinery, an organization or a team there is a No.2 who has dumped his ego and dreams in the garbage bin placed at the entrance of the office. From there on, he is busy carrying No. 1’s vision and firmly gazing at the bigger picture for the organization.

“Unfortunately in our systems, a vice-captain is picked on the basis of how submissive he is. If he is deemed to be a threat to the captain’s position, he is not picked for the role. Some of the current teams in the IPL have missed the opportunity to groom their no.2s. To me that is a bigger hurdle than not winning an IPL trophy.”

One of the finest brains in the sport today, Gautam Gambhir led the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to win them two IPL titles in 2011 and in 2017 as well.

He also served as a deputy to MS Dhoni and Virender Sehwag in the national team. When given an opportunity, he led India to wins in all six ODIs he captained.

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