Gautam Gambhir recently announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. He played his last match on Sunday in a Ranji Trophy match between his native Delhi and Andhra Pradesh. The match ended in a drab draw at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium but Gambhir managed to make it memorable after scoring 112 in Delhi’s first innings. He was felicitated after the match by the DDCA and he also distributed the contents of his kitbag to his teammates. So naturally, there is the talk of what next for Gautam Gambhir?
There were reports that Gambhir might join politics after his cricketing career after he lashed out at AAP for the degrading air quality in Delhi. But he put those rumours to rest by categorically stating that he is not interested in joining politics.
“Not at all. There are rumours which I have heard as well, probably the reason is maybe I take up social issues as well… For me Twitter was always a platform which is very, very important and where I take up social issues. I am not that kind of a character where I am going to start joking on a platform like twitter as well. For me being a citizen of this country it is my right to take up social issues and that probably is the reason why people thing I am going to join politics but there is nothing of that sort,” Gambhir added.
“As I just mentioned I haven’t even thought about it (politics) and it is a completely different field. 25 years I have not done anything else, so let’s see what I am going to do,” he concluded.
But 2011 World Cup winner took a much more positive outlook when asked if he is keen on taking up coaching assignments in competitive cricket.
“One thing which excites me is action and I am sure action is not about sitting in those AC rooms doing commentary and stuff. I don’t know if I am going to be as good a coach as I have been a player,” Gambhir said.
“I will have to evaluate whether I can be successful as a coach. Let’s see, if that comes around and if I feel that I have the energy, passion and if I have the commitment to do it, I will think about it.”
Gambhir scored 4154 runs in Test cricket from 58 matches, 5238 runs in ODIs and 932 in T20Is.