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“When coaches give players freedom, teams perform better”

Ambati Rayudu, a former cricket player for India, is certain that IPL clubs that allow their players to have “ownership” over decision-making would be more successful than those that delegate decision-making to coaches.

During a conversation on maintaining a positive team atmosphere, the former player for India and Chennai Super Kings gave the example of Kolkata Knight Riders coach Gautam Gambhir. The two-time IPL winners’ success so far this season, in his opinion, has been largely down to Gambhir’s ability to let his players to express themselves freely.

Rayudu, a 55-ODI and 6-T20I veteran, told Star Sports on Tuesday that “those are the sort of teams that excel if the coaches take a backseat and work behind the scenes, and let the players take the ownership, and let the players have the freedom in order to perform on the ground.” KKR has been doing just that.

Under Gambhir’s leadership, KKR emerged victorious in both the 2012 and 2014 Indian Premier Leagues. This season, they are leading the Playoffs with 19 points from nine victories.

This season, Gambhir made a comeback to guide the Kolkata Knight Riders, and his presence is credited with the team’s success after almost a decade away.

“Gautam Gambhir is only helping them and pointing them in the proper direction. Things’s easy if you keep things simple, Rayudu continued.

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