New Delhi: Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir on Wednesday called himself a ‘traditionalist’. The cricketer prefers the red ball to the ‘pink’ ball and day game for longer format of five-day matches.
It was Gambhir’s opinion that any sort of experimentation should be restricted to T20 matches and the 5-day format should be left alone.
While talking to media, Gambhir said, “I am a traditionalist who loves to play the game in the old way. It is my personal opinion but I think all these changes and experimentation should be carried out in T20 cricket only. The five-day matches and Tests should be played with the red ball. At least that’s the way I feel about it.”
“People make so much fuss about the pink ball that it swings more or dips more, you can’t pick the wrist-spinners and so on. I believe the more you think about it, the more complicated you make the game.”
“It is far more visible in the day time as compared to the red ball because it is far more brighter. In the last two games that I have played, I have seen nothing different. The red ball and pink ball behave exactly in the same way.”
Speaking on his form in the domestic tournament Gambhir, who scored 77, 90 and 59 in the three innings in Duleep Trophy respectively said now he wanted to continue his form and will try to convert them into big scores.
First Published | 15 September 2016 4:26 PM
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