Gautam Gambhir is a very misunderstood person: Ashwin |

Gautam Gambhir is a very misunderstood person: Ashwin |

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New Delhi: Experienced spinner ravichandran ashwin praised gautam gambhir On Friday, he described Gambhir as a determined and extraordinary motivator. Gambhir is the front-runner to replace Rahul Dravid as India's head coach. Ashwin credited Gambhir for instilling confidence in him during the early stages of his Test career.
The spinner recalled a conversation he had with Gambhir during his first full series for India, which was played against New Zealand in 2012.“Gambhir was a fighter,” Ashwin said, stressing on the former opener's role in his development as a cricketer.
“I was playing my first full series. In the two years before the World Cup (2011) I would only carry drinks. He gave me a lot of confidence (early in my career). I was not used to getting that kind of confidence from someone outside my state (Tamil Nadu),” Ashwin said while launching his book – I Have The Streets – A Kutty Cricket Story – in Chennai, as per PTI.
Expressing his views on the former Indian opener, Ashwin said that the cricketer's character is often misinterpreted due to his frank and straightforward manner of speaking.
He said, “Gautam Gambhir is misunderstood. It is all a matter of perception. He is a fighter.”
“The biggest problem with many of us is that we make someone a hero in our minds and forget everyone else. This is a game, not a film story.
He said, “There are no heroes or villains here. Gambhir is a competitor. His will and hunger to win is incredible. I have a lot of respect for him.”
'Dhoni didn't know someone like me existed'
Ashwin's fame in the Indian Premier League (IPL) grew in 2010 when he was selected to play for the Chennai Super Kings, led by the legendary MS Dhoni. The opportunity proved to be a turning point in Ashwin's career, giving him a chance to showcase his skills on a big stage.
However, Ashwin's popularity in the IPL can be gauged from the important moment of the 2008 Challenger Trophy. It was during this tournament that Ashwin came to the notice of Dhoni, who recognized the potential of this young spinner.
“It was an evolving relationship. In 2008, MS didn't even know someone like me existed,” he recalled.
“And that's why, I made it my life's goal since 2009 – to take MS Dhoni's wicket. When a person has such a goal, he goes crazy when he gets the opportunity to achieve it.”
Ashwin goes back to that final match in Nagpur.
“We were playing the Challenger Trophy and I bowled an incredible spell. MS was struggling in that spell in Nagpur. Once, when he tried to play, the ball went past his gate.
“I out-played him in the final. From then on, I think he saw someone who had skill, and the relationship matured.”
Ashwin revealed that once a player wins Dhoni's trust, he gets many opportunities to showcase his potential.
“A common trait of MS is that, if he decides this horse (player) is not ready to race, he will not use you. He needs to know that you are a horse.
He added, “But, once he realises that you are a horse, just when you think of giving up, that is when he will look at you. That is MS Dhoni, he believes in you.”
'Kirsten is an amazing person'
Ashwin's contribution to India's historic 2011 World Cup win was minimal. However, the Tamil Nadu spinner recalled the inclusive atmosphere created by the head coach. gary kirsten And the entire team made sure that he never felt left out or unappreciated.
He said, “After we won the World Cup, Gary called me and said we haven't done justice to your talent. You've waited two years, but make no mistake, believe me – you will achieve much greater things than this, and I'm sad I won't be a part of it.”
He said, “So, Gary actually resigned (as head coach) with me and then announced it outside (laughs). It was surprising for me, because in these two years Gary actually spoke to me maybe 100 lines. Gary was a man of few words and a wonderful human being.”
In fact, even before the World Cup, Ashwin was used very little. He also gave a reason for this.
“One of the reasons MS didn't play me before the World Cup (2011) was because it was a novelty factor. But eventually I knew he would play me.”
“I was supposed to play the match against Pakistan (second semi-final in Mohali). But, they decided to pick an extra fast bowler as there was heavy dew the previous day,” he said.

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