Gautam Gambhir Reveals the Batsman He Feared the Most in IPL as Captain

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Ahead of Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) IPL 2024 match against Mumbai Indians on Friday, former KKR captain Gautam Gambhir reflected on his captaincy days and disclosed the batsman who caused him the most anxiety and sleepless nights.

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“In my entire IPL career as captain, only one player had given me sleepless nights, and that was Rohit Sharma. The only batsman I feared in IPL was Rohit Sharma.

No Chris Gayle, no AB de Villiers, only Rohit Sharma because I knew that I had to have Plan A, Plan B and probably Plan C as well,” said Gambhir on Star Sports.

“If Rohit is in, I don’t think anyone can control him. I have never planned for any other batter in the IPL except Rohit Sharma.”


KKR won the IPL under Gambhir’s captaincy in 2012 and 2014.
“There have been times when I have seen the visuals and I would say ‘fair enough, Plan A is fine’. But with Rohit Sharma, probably one night before the match, I used to think if this doesn’t work, I have to get the other plan; if Sunil (Narine) is going to bowl his four overs, who all are going to bowl the rest 16; and if I finish off Sunil (overs) early and Rohit is still there, he can hit 30 off one over as well.”

Rohit Sharma, who was replaced as Mumbai Indians’ captain by Hardik Pandya before the start of this IPL season, led MI to five IPL titles.

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