IPL great stage, but first class cricket more vital, says Gambhir
Praising IPL for improving young cricketers’ temperament to play under pressure, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir on Friday also emphasised that performance in <g data-gr-id="29">first class</g> cricket should be the yardstick to judge them rather than the cash-rich and glamorous T20 event.
“I feel if you really want to see a young talent, you should see him in first class cricket and your first class cricket should be given more importance than IPL,” said Gambhir at a promotional event of the IPL franchise.
“People in India consider IPL bigger than first class cricket but I think the first class cricket of any country should be far more important than the IPL because in the T20 format it is very difficult to judge a young batsman,” said the 33-year-old cricketer.
“I am a strong believer that you should not be judging a young talent on a T20 format. It is going to be unfair because there are going to be times when there are not going to be enough opportunities for a young talent.
“Obviously, IPL is a great opportunity. When you play at this stage and under this pressure you end up getting your temperament right. Your mental toughness can be tested in this tournament, but your actual technique can be tested only in first class cricket.
“First class cricket should be given more importance than the IPL. That is where your actual talent will come from,” he concluded.
Turning his attention to the ongoing IPL season, Gambhir said he had expected it to be a close race for the <g data-gr-id="22">play-off</g> because of the quality of all teams. “We knew that the competition would be very tough because so many good teams are taking part in the tournament.