I endorse no ties with Pakistan till the cross-border terrorism finishes: Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli
Indian cricketers Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli watch during a practice session. (Photo by Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/GettyImages)

Indian opener Gautam Gambhir, who recently made a comeback to the national team, put country ahead of his profession while speaking about the cricketing ties between India and Pakistan which had hit an infinite roadblock following the Uri attack and the string of events that followed. Gambhir states that Indian lives are more important than just playing some sport and it’s not the time is not right to play bilateral cricket with Pakistan.

“I absolutely endorse no ties with Pakistan till the time cross-border terrorism finishes. Cannot think of playing against Pakistan. Indian lives more important than sports,” Gambhir said while speaking with media after a promotional event today.


Gambhir returned to the test team in the third test recently concluded test series against New Zealand. The match played at the Holkar stadium, Indore saw India whitewash the opposition and claim the top spot in the Test rankings.

His comeback made a lot of news. The ugly verbal spat between Gautam Gambhir and Current Test skipper Virat Kohli had soured the relation between the duo, rumours suggested. It was been speculated that the IPL controversy might be still in the minds of both the cricketers. But, both cricketers stated that they had forgotten about the incident long ago and there no bitterness among them.

“Virat Kohli leads Test team by example. When on the same team, Virat Kohli and I have the same goals. Virat Kohli and I are both aggressive & passionate individuals. There was nothing personal in IPL fight with Virat Kohli”

Gambhir concludes saying that aggression is a part of his game and if the need for aggression arises, then he won’t hesitate in doing so.

“If I play against Virat Kohli again & need to be aggressive, I will.”