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Gautam Gambhir says international cricket experience is not necessary to be successful T20 batting coach

  • Press Trust of India
  • May 20th, 2020
  • 13:59:33 IST

New Delhi: Gautam Gambhir reckons that playing international cricket is not a prerequisite to become a successful T20 batting coach, whose job according to the former India opener is to help players cultivate a positive mindset.

The cricketer-turned-politician said that a batting coach can be appointed exclusively for the shortest format of the game.

File image of former Delhi Daredevils captain Gautam Gambhir. Twitter: @DelhiDaredevils-

File image of former Delhi Daredevils captain Gautam Gambhir. Twitter: @DelhiDaredevils-

"Probably you can just have a different T20 batting coach, just for that particular format. It is really not true that someone who hasn't played international cricket or who hasn't played enough cricket, can't become a successful coach," Gambhir said on Star Sports' show 'Cricket Connected'.

"What ultimately a coach does in a T20 format is frees your mindset and feeds your mindset and make you hit those goals and those big shots," he added.

The World-Cup winning opener said that job of the batting coach in T20 cricket is not to teach how to hit shots.

"No one teaches you how to hit a lap shot or a reverse lap shot, no coach can do that. If someone is trying to do that to a player, he is harming him more than actually making him a better player."

However, Gambhir is of the opinion that being a successful player helps become a better selector.

"It's not important that you have played a lot of cricket, for you to be a very successful coach — probably, that's right for a selector, but not for a coach.

Updated Date: May 20, 2020 13:59:33 IST

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