‘Gautam Gambhir is not afraid of…’: Nitish Rana’s colossal vision for India’s next head coach

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Gautam Gambhir, Nitish Rana


In the last few months, Gautam Gambhir’s stature has gone to the next level in Indian cricket. Gambhir played a vital role in Kolkata Knight Riders’ triumph in IPL 2024 and is now in the race to become India’s next head coach.

Recently, KKR vice-captain Nitish Rana spoke about his camaraderie with Gautam Gambhir. Rana has known Gambhir for a long time and considers him his idol. Both Rana and Gambhir have played for Delhi’s Ranji Trophy team for several years, with Gambhir being the elder.

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Nitish Rana talks about his biggest learning from Gautam Gambhir

During a podcast with TRS on YouTube channel, Nitish Rana was asked how Gautam Gambhir’s narrative has changed in the last few months. Rana revealed that Gambhir’s honesty is his greatest strength and that he is not afraid of being judged.

“He has his own way of working. He has a unique way of living his life. He is not afraid of being judged, which is his greatest strength. He is someone very honest. People have taken my honesty the wrong way every time. I They call my arrogance. If I don’t like it at all and I will say it bluntly, I don’t want to be judged for that. This trait of mine comes from Gauti bhaiya (Gautam Gambhir) because I have been with him in the locker room for so long. domestic cricket and while playing for the same club,” Rana said during the podcast.

Outside noise is something that professional cricketers have to deal with almost daily. Rana revealed the method with which Gautam Gambhir wants his players to deal with it.

“He has taught me that you should only answer to the people in the locker room and not to the people outside the locker room, which includes people on social media, the media, journalists and interviewers,” Rana mentioned.

So if you have done something wrong in a match and you have lost the match, then you must have the guts to accept your mistakes in front of the people in the locker room. If you can build this character, you will never fail in life. It was a great learning for me,” added the 30-year-old left-hander.

KKR won their third IPL title this year

Gautam Gambhir’s presence in the Kolkata Knight Riders dressing room was instrumental in the team’s triumph in the IPL this year. Gambhir was brought in as a mentor for KKR before this season and that paid huge dividends for the franchise.

KKR was formidable this year as they dominated the entire season. They topped the points table after the group stage and then thrashed a dangerous Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets in the final.

The Shreyas Iyer-led team played with freedom and determination, excelling in all aspects. Meanwhile, vice-captain Nitish Rana played only two matches of the season due to injury. Rana recovered just before the playoffs and also played in the important final.