File photo of Gautam Gambhir (left) and Brendon McCullum.© X (formerly Twitter)
Former Indian cricket team batsman Gautam Gambhir recalled apologizing to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) teammate Brendon McCullum just before the team's IPL 2012 final against Chennai Super Kings. Gambhir, who has led the franchise to two IPL titles, was put in a difficult position with fast bowler Lakshmipathy Balaji being ruled out due to injury ahead of the summit clash. As a result, they decided to drop the in-form McCullum and replace him with former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee. In a video posted by Gambhir on Instagram, the former India opener revealed that he apologized to McCullum in front of the entire KKR team after taking the decision and said that this is how one can 'grow as a leader' Is.
“Before I left for that final in Chepauk, I actually apologized to Brendon McCullum in front of the entire team. I said 'I'm really sorry I had to leave you. The reason is not your performance, the reason We have a combination.' Nobody wanted to do that. But I had the courage to apologize to him in front of the entire team. There is nothing wrong in apologizing,” Gambhir recalled.
“If I had not apologized in front of the entire team, somewhere in my heart I would have felt guilty that I did not communicate properly. Leadership is not just about taking praise or silencing yourself or taking credit. . It's about doing this stuff too. Sometimes it's awkward but that's how you grow as a leader,'' he said.
KKR won the IPL 2012 final against CSK by five wickets with two balls to spare. Incidentally, it was Manvinder Bisla who replaced McCullum and led the team to victory.
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