People in Delhi only need complimentary passes even if tickets are available: Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir .(© Getty Images)

Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir was the latest guest on comedian Vikram Sathaye’s candid chat show ‘What The Duck.’ Gambhir spoke on various topics, narrating stories about complimentary passes, his bats being named after ‘Rocky Balboa’ and why he vents out his frustration on his toothbrushes.

Talking about the habit of people in Delhi asking for complimentary passes during IPL, Gambhir humorously says that everyone in Delhi is somehow connected to the someone influential and get the relationship angle to get passes even though if it’s available.


“People go crazy in Delhi, I don’t know what goes wrong. They only need complimentary passes and that is just becoming a habit even if tickets are available. Even if you don’t know someone they will try and trace some kind of relation with you somewhere as you know them for passes,” said Gambhir.

He also shared an interesting story of his bat which is close to his heart.

“Rocky Balboa and the whole series has been close to my heart. I have been brought up watching the Rocky Series and ‘First Blood’ series. I am obviously a big fan of Sylvester Stallone,” he added.

The left-handed batsman named his favourite bat Rocky Balboa and the rest of the bats followed as Rocky 1, Rocky 2.

When asked about the co-relation between toothbrushes and his mood he said, “My mood depends on how I treat my toothbrushes. Being a skipper is a strenuous job, and when you are going through a rough phase, obviously you start taking out your frustration, you can’t take it out on anyone, you can’t take it out on your teammates or your wife. The only person that is left is your toothbrush”.

There is an interesting anecdote related to the complimentary passes. He tells how he wanted to give passes to his love Natasha during the ICC World Cup final in 2011 but she refused.

“I asked her if she wanted a pass, she replied asking if the match was that important. She still regrets and feels that is the only thing she missed till now in her life,” added Gambhir.

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