Gautam Gambhir clears the air over his alleged rift with MS Dhoni
He also doesn’t want a farewell match for himself.
Published - Dec 6, 2018 2:51 pm | Updated - Dec 6, 2018 2:51 pm
Gautam Gambhir, the man who played a couple of crucial knocks in the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 Cricket World Cup to help his team win the title, announced his retirement a couple of days ago. In a video, spanning 11 minutes, he explained the tough times he has gone through in the last few years. The 37-year-old is currently playing his final competitive match for Delhi in the ongoing Ranji Trophy.
Over the course of his career, he has been a part of a few controversies, one of them being his alleged rift with former skipper MS Dhoni. After all sorts of speculations and opinions, Gambhir has eventually come out and mentioned that there is no rift between them. He also doesn’t want a farewell match. “I don’t think a farewell game should be held for any cricketer”, Gambhir was quoted as saying in Times Now.
I got to live that feeling only once
Back in the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka at the iconic Wankhede Stadium, Gambhir scored a brilliant 97 runs to guide his team to glory after 28 years. However, the Delhi-born cricketer didn’t get an opportunity in the World Cup Down Under and Gambhir rues the fact that he wasn’t presented with a chance to prove his mettle in that event where India bowed out after the semi-final.
“Some players who played with me got the opportunity to play in 2-3 World Cups. While I got to live that feeling only once, I am happy that the experience ended with the team winning the title. When someone plays a key role in helping the team earn the title, he should be given an opportunity to defend it too. It’s sad that I couldn’t be a part of the 2015 World Cup,” the veteran added.
Gambhir last donned the national colours in a Test match against England in Rajkot back in November 2016. Apart from his illustrious international career, he also flourished as a captain, having led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to a couple of titles in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He is also the only captain with 100 percent win record in ODI cricket (six matches).