Team has allowed me to be fearless
The Mumbai Indians lost narrowly to the Royal Challengers on Thursday night and we registered a fine win over my old team, Delhi Daredevils, in the opening game. Gautam Gambhir writes. Gauti saysindia Updated: Apr 06, 2013 02:10 IST
I will come to our game later but before that I’d like to focus on how this wonderful tournament brings together so many different personalities and in some cases eras.
One such personality is the former Australia opener David Boon, who was the match referee during our first game on Wednesday. I first saw him on the morning of the match, and as I drew the curtains aside, I noticed the famous walk of Mr Boon, loaded with its version of swagger. A face decorated with a thick moustache in the happy company of a cigarette.
Seeing him, my mind quickly raced back to Justin Langer's book ‘Australia, You Little Beauty’, where Langer talks about Boon, in the first chapter ‘Songmaster’.
In the chapter, 'Kill Him, Bishy!', Langer narrates that he was hit on the head by a bouncer and Boon, who was at the non-striking end, walked up and said “There are no heroes in Test cricket. Retire hurt, son.”
Langer was rightly distraught seeing his "tough" childhood hero urging him to retire hurt. I was glad to read on that Langer didn't retire hurt and the rest is history. I'm generally not the first one to strike a conversation, especially on match day but that morning I was tempted to ask Mr Boon a bit more about that incident, the Australia team's song tradition and a lot more.
In sport, you don't need a designation to be a leader. Boon and Langer never captained Aus­tralia but both were leaders for their teammates and the generations to follow. I too believe in that. My mantra to my team this year is “play fearless cricket”, but before I expect them to do so, I have to practice the same. That is why I came out all guns blazing. I wanted to set the pattern, set an example and thankfully I succeeded.
Credit to team
My team also gave me a chance to be fearless as I think our bowling effort was brilliant. Brett gave us an excellent start. Bala was superb. Rajat continues to deliver but is strangely under-rated. Laxmi bowled and fielded brilliantly and I have high hopes from him. What can I say about Kallis, he continues to amaze by his work ethics. Sunil Narine — the magician from the Caribbean — did what he does the best. Take a bow Maaaan!!!
South Africans, Aussies, Sri Lankans, Indians, West Indians, the tournament presents all the colours and we have most of them in our dressing room. By the way, one of our security personnel is from Nepal!
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The writer is KKR captain