Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir showered praise on Australia's head coach Justin Langer by saying that the legendary batsman was the right person to take Australian cricket forward. Justin Langer took over as coach of the Australian team after the 2018 ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. Under Langer, Australia reached the semi-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and retained the Ashes in England a few months later.
While writing for a leading Indian daily, Gautam Gambhir wrote that he previously worked with Justin Langer when the Australian helped him with his batting in 2015. He added that while attending one of Langer’s workshops at the WACA in Perth, he was convinced that the former Australian opener is the right person to coach their national side. In his article, the Indian batsman refers to the present Australian unit as ‘Langer’s side’.
Gautam Gambhir said that he was highly impressed by the research Justin Langer puts into his work. He revealed that Langer showed him a clip of his batting for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at his office. Langer then went on to explain to him about his problems with batting while talking about his older technique.
Gautam Gambhir also revealed that he offered Justin Langer to position of KKR's coach in the Indian Premier League (IPL). However, the former Australian opener refused with a smile by saying that he needed to be with his ailing mother at the time.
Australia are currently on a tour to India to play a three-match ODI series between January 14 and January 19. The matches will be taking place in Mumbai, Rajkot and Bengaluru. The series will bring an end to India’s gruelling home season which began in September 2019.