File photo of Gautam Gambhir (L) and Brendon McCullum© X (formerly Twitter)
Former Indian cricket team batter Gautam Gambhir recalled apologising to one-time Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) teammate Brendon McCullum just ahead of the side’s IPL 2012 final against Chennai Super Kings. Gambhir, who led the franchise to two IPL titles, was put in a tight situation with pacer Lakshmipathy Balaji getting ruled out due to injury ahead of the summit clash. As a result, he decided to drop the in-form McCullum and include former Australia pacer Brett Lee in his place. In a video posted by Gambhir on Instagram, the former India opener revealed that he said sorry to McCullum in front of the entire KKR team after taking the decision and added that it is how one can grow ‘as a leader’.
“Before leaving for that final at Chepauk, I actually said sorry to Brendon McCullum in front of the entire team. I said ‘I am really really sorry I had to drop you. The reason is not your performance, the reason is our combination.’ No one wanted to do that. But I had the courage to apologize to him in front of the whole team. Nothing wrong in apologizing,” Gambhir recalled.
“Had I not apologized in front of the entire team, somewhere deep inside my heart, I would have had that guilt that I have not communicated well enough. Leadership is not only about taking appreciation or shutting yourself off or taking credit. It’s about doing this stuff as well. Sometimes it’s awkward but that’s how you grow as a leader,” he added.
KKR went on to win the IPL 2012 final against CSK by five wickets with two balls to spare. Incidentally, it was Manvinder Bisla – the player who replaced McCullum – who ended up guiding the side to victory.
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