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First-class cricket more vital than IPL: Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir feels youngsters should be judged on performances in domestic games 

Praising IPL for improving young cricketers’ temperament to play under pressure, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir yesterday also emphasised that performance in first-class cricket should be the yardstick to judge them rather than the cash-rich and glamorous T20 event.


Gautam Gambhir during KKR practice session at Wankhede on Wednesday. Pic/Atul Kamble

"I feel if you really want to see a young talent, you should see him in first-class cricket and your first-class cricket should be given more importance than IPL," said Gambhir at a promotional event of the IPL franchise.

‘Difficult to judge in T20’
"People in India consider IPL bigger than first-class cricket but I think the first class-cricket of any country should be far more important than the IPL because in the T20 format it is very difficult to judge a young batsman," said the 33-year-old cricketer.

"I am a strong believer that you should not be judging a young talent in a T20 format. It is going to be unfair because there are going to be times when there are not going to be enough opportunities for a young talent.

"Obviously, IPL is a great opportunity. When you play at this stage and under this pressure you end up getting your temperament right.

"Your mental toughness can be tested in this tournament, but your actual technique can be tested only in first-class cricket.

"First-class cricket should be given more importance than the IPL. That is where your actual talent will come from," he concluded.

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