” He's not wrong. I was a terrible captain': Kevin Pietersen acknowledges Gautam Gambhir's remarks | Cricket News


NEW DELHI: Former English cricketer Kevin Pietersen responded to criticism of his captaincy, sparked by comments made by Gautam Gambhir regarding the leadership abilities of cricket icons.
Gambhir, known for his outspokenness, defended Hardik PandyaCaptaincy under scrutiny from Pietersen and former South African cricketer AB de Villiers. In an interview with Sportskeeda, Gambhir remarked, “Those who criticize Pandya have dismal captaincy records themselves and are not competent leaders.”
Pietersen, known for his frankness, admitted his faults as captain, saying: “He's not wrong. I was a terrible captain!!!” Pietersen's response echoed Gambhir's assertion, highlighting a rare moment of introspection from the former England skipper.

AB de Villiers had earlier expressed concerns over Pandya's leadership style, terming him self-centered. Pietersen, on the other hand, criticized Pandya for appearing “happy when he's not” and “too smiley” during his stint as Mumbai Indianscaptain of the Indian Premier League 2024.
Gambhir further defended Pandya by comparing Pietersen and de Villiers' records as captains, saying, “If you look for their records, it would be worse than any other leader.” He stressed the importance of comparing like achievements, highlighting Pandya's success as an IPL-winning captain.

Pietersen's captaincy record includes two leaders initial loading teams, RCB and DC (formerly Delhi Daredevils), as well as captaining the England cricket team. However, his captaincy tenure in the IPL saw limited success, with only two wins from six matches as RCB captain in 2009, and a disappointing end for Delhi in 2014 under his leadership.



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