Former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir, who played his farewell game on Sunday, rejected rumours around him joining politics but also shared that he would love to take the role of a coach in the coming future.
The speculations of him joining the field of politics starting doing the rounds after his tweets which targeted politicians especially the Delhi Government.
Talking about these rumours, the 37-year-old World Cup winner, said, “Not at all. There are rumours which I have heard as well, probably the reason is maybe I take up social issues as well. For me, Twitter was always a platform which is very, very important and where I take up social issues.”
He added, “I am not that kind of a character where I am going to start joking on a platform like Twitter as well. For me, being a citizen of this country it is my right to take up social issues and that probably is the reason why people think I am going to join politics but there is nothing of that sort. As I just mentioned I haven’t even thought about it and it is a completely different field. In 25 years, I have not done anything else, so let us see what I am going to do.”
When asked if he would be keen on taking up coaching assignments in competitive cricket, the former opening batsman of Delhi sounded positive and said that he has that kind of energy where he might be successful as a coach.
“One thing which excites me is action and I am sure action is not about sitting in those AC rooms doing commentary and stuff. I don’t know if I am going to be as good a coach as I have been a player. I will have to evaluate whether I can be successful as a coach. Let us see, if that comes around and if I feel that I have the energy, passion and if I have the commitment to do it, I will think about it.”
The flamboyant batsman concluded by saying that he would like to help the young cricketers in Delhi cricket.
Gambhir concluded, “I am still a government nominee, hopefully, I can now try and contribute more now. There won’t be any conflict of interest involved, which is very important and there won’t be any criticism as well because when I took this up there was a lot of criticism.”
“The boys need a lot of good things in Delhi District and Cricket Association and hopefully I am able to put that word across the executive committee and get those things done from a cricket point of view. Apart from that, my job is to get the best out of the boys.”
The hero of the 2007 World T20 final and 2011 Cricket World Cup final drew curtains on his illustrious career by hitting an amazing century in his farewell Ranji Trophy game against Andhra Pradesh at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
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