June 2, 2012

Indian Premier League

'I think you need to be a leader, not a captain'

George Binoy

Gautam Gambhir, in a candid interview with NDTV, explains his state of mind during his move out of Delhi Daredevils in 2011, and provides insight into his style of leadership which took Kolkata Knight Riders to their maiden IPL title in 2012.

I think you need to be a leader, not a captain. You may have seen a lot of captains in this country, but, the most important thing is to be a leader. And the next question I think I need to clarify is that you will next ask me what is the difference between a captain and a leader? I think a captain is someone who captains on the cricket field but, most of the leadership that happens is off the cricket field. It's very easy to captain people on the cricket field, but if you can start leading them off the cricket field, and show them that trust, what you have in them.

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