Gautam Gambhir gives an insight into his mindset while playing against MS Dhoni
He also talked about an individual battle between Ashwin and Kohli.
Updated - Apr 25, 2019 1:20 pm
Gautam Gambhir retired from professional cricket last year after playing for Delhi in the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy. Thereafter, he has made some startling revelations, especially on MS Dhoni, the legendary Indian cricketer. Back in the 2011-12 triangular ODI series also involving Sri Lanka, Dhoni applied the rotation policy, which also included Gambhir, one of the linchpins of the national team then.
The move didn’t go down well with Gautam and he lashed out at the former Indian captain. The 37-year-old retired batsman also rued the fact that he couldn’t play the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. However, Gambhir also cleared the air over his alleged souring relationship with Dhoni and mentioned that there isn’t any rift between them and they shared some memorable times.
Apart from their international journey, Gambhir and Dhoni have also played for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) respectively in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Gambhir went down the memory lane and talked about his approach while playing against Dhoni in the IPL.
He also suggested the same approach to Ravi Ashwin, the skipper of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) prior to yesterday’s match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. The southpaw predicted an individual battle between RCB captain Virat Kohli and Ashwin and mentioned that the latter had a point to prove to the current Indian skipper.
Gambhir shares his experience
“I can tell you from experience that this was my thought when I led KKR against Chennai. You can call it an ego thing, but I loved a battle with MS Dhoni. Therefore, I won’t be surprised if both Ashwin the bowler and Ashwin the captain would want to come out on top in this game,” Gambhir wrote in his exclusive column for the Times of India (TOI) before yesterday’s encounter.
“Personally, I see an individual battle in Wednesday’s game as well. R Ashwin may have a point or two to prove to Virat Kohli, the India captain. Ashwin is currently out of favour when it comes to playing for India. He would want to show the world, and Virat, that he is still a force to reckon with,” he added.