Gautam Gambhir has a reputation as one of India’s best openers, but he also has a keen eye for potential. Rishabh Pant has always received great accolades from Gambhir, and just look at where the young Indian star is now. Pant is now the hottest player in Indian cricket, and his status is only rising with each passing series. Sanju Samson is another talent whom Gambhir has consistently supported, and even though he hasn’t achieved the same success as Pant, Samson still has a sizable following.

Gambhir also had high regard for the names Navdeep Saini and Suryakumar Yadav. But lately, the former India opener was praising Deepak Hooda, another prodigy who has been active in the local circuit for some time, in his capacity as a trainer of the Lucknow Super Giants. The Baroda all-rounder, who scored 451 runs in the victorious IPL 2022, was able to restart his career. Before taking place for Virat Kohli in the lineup, Hooda maintained his excellent IPL form and hit a century against Ireland.

However, former India wicketkeeper and assistant coach for LSG Vijay Dahiya has indicated that Hooda’s metamorphosis would not have been feasible without Gambhir’s support in the IPL. Hooda played for Sunrisers Hyderabad before joining LSG, where his potential was fully realized. Once he boarded the LSG configuration, things drastically altered.