Most of the cricket world might swear by the finishing skills of Indian limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni but out-of-favour opener Gautam Gambhir feels it is Virat Kohli who deserves the tag of being the side’s 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,” Gambhir said at the ‘Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket’ conclave.
In fact, Gambhir went on to state that Dhoni should be clear about where he wants to bat in the order.
“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,” he said adding the stumper-batsman is best suited for number 6 or 7.
He also said that a captain 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.
Talking about the World Twenty20 starting tomorrow, the Delhi left-hander said it will be crucial for India to have Yuvraj Singh in good form.
“Yuvi has to be at his best.”
On to his own approach to the game, Gambhir said he likes to maintain a calm demeanour but would not shy away from a showdown should the need arise.
The fiery left-hander was seen arguing with Virat Kohli during the 2013 IPL season.