Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir believes that Virat Kohli and not Mahendra Singh Dhoni deserves the tag of India’s best finisher.
“It’s a tag given by the media. Virat is a finisher for me. An opener can also be your finisher. It’s not necessary that a finisher would be your number 6 or 7 batsman,” said Gambhir as reported by PTI.
He proclaimed that Dhoni should be clear about where he wants to bat in the order. According to him Indian captain is best suited at number six or seven.
“We have heard him saying that he wants to bat up the order. He has to decide where he wants to bat. What is better for him,” Gambhir added.
Gambhir reiterated that the skipper is only as good as the team he leads.
“If only good captaincy wins you World Cups, we would have won more World Cups. We have won only three. A captain can only plan, but the other 10 players have to go out and execute,” he explained.
Gambhir also stated that his aggression on the pitch is his choice and he will never shy away from a showdown should the need arise. The swashbuckling left-hander was seen arguing with Virat Kohli when KKR faced RCB during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 season.
“No one should take comments made on cricket field, personally. I am not there for friendships. If I have to argue again, I won’t be shy. It does not make a difference to me who is playing on other side, whether it is MS or Virat. If I am captain, the way I play, my team will play the same. If I am subdued, my team will also be subdued. The way the captain plays, the team plays,” said Gambhir.
The 34-year-old from New Delhi has scored 20 hundreds and 62 fifties in all formats playing for India. He has also twice won the IPL captaining the Kolkata Knight Riders.