Gautam Gambhir seeks WV Raman's help to make India comeback

Gautam Gambhir is eyeing a spot in the India A squad for South Africa tour © PTI

Chennai: Jun 12, 2013

India discard Gautam Gambhir has sought the assistance of former international cricketer and Bengal coach WV Raman in a bid to make a quick comeback to the national side.

According to Times of India, the former India opener has joined Gambhir in New Delhi and they will be working together to get rid of the shortcomings.

“We had a talk during the national one-dayers in Vizag. Since then, we have been in touch over phone and when he asked me to come over to New Delhi to work with him, I couldn’t say no,” Raman said.

Raman will be working with Gambhir for a week, as the latter eyes a spot in India A squad which is due to tour South Africa.

“Gautam is a quality player who has been successful in all forms of the game. I don’t think there’s anything drastically wrong with his game, it’s just that he has to clear a few cobwebs of the mind,” Raman said.

“I have told him not to try too hard. It’s just a matter of doing the basics right. He has done that over the years and there’s no reason why he can’t do that all over again. If he gets selected for the India ‘A’ series to South Africa, it will surely help him,” Raman explained.

Raman praised Gambhir’s dedication and said, “He is very sincere about his game and that makes a coach’s job easier.”

Raman, who has played a significant role in Murali Vijay’s rise, continues to give tips to the Tamil Nadu batsman who played a key role in India’s 4-0 thrashing of Australia few months ago.

“Yes, I worked with them closely, but both those assignments were in a team set-up. This is slightly different, where I am working completely on a one-to-one level. It’s a different challenge but I’m relishing every bit of it,”  Raman said.