'Somebody stop him please' - Fans lash out at Gautam Gambhir for terming MS Dhoni 'lucky captain'

‘Somebody stop him please’ – Fans lash out at Gautam Gambhir for terming MS Dhoni ‘lucky captain’

According to Gambhir, Dhoni was 'lucky' as he already had a brilliant team under him, making his job easier.

Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni
Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir is someone who never shies away from expressing his opinions. Be it about cricket or politics, Gambhir, many a time, has dished out several bold statements over a particular matter.

The left-hander raised a few eyebrows again due to his recent comments on former India skipper MS Dhoni. Not many people would raise a finger to argue that Dhoni is one of the most decorated skippers in the history of Indian cricket.

Along with Sourav Ganguly, the Ranchi stalwart is credited for revolutionizing Indian cricket, especially in terms of winning the silverware. Dhoni the only skipper in the history of the sport to have won three ICC trophies– T20 World Cup (2007), ODI World Cup (2011) and Champions Trophy (2013).

Sourav Ganguly had to work very hard for it: Gautam Gambhir

However, according to Gambhir, Dhoni was ‘lucky’ as he already had a brilliant team under him, making his job easier. Dhoni had the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli and many more stalwarts in his armoury, according to Gambhir. Comparing Dhoni’s captaincy with Ganguly, Gambhir said that ‘Dada’ had to work very hard to achieve success.

“Dhoni has been a very lucky captain because he got an amazing team in every format. Captaining 2011 World Cup team was very easy for Dhoni because we had players like Sachin, Sehwag, myself, Yuvraj, Yusuf, Virat, so he had got the best teams, while Ganguly had to work very hard for it, and as a result, Dhoni won so many trophies,” Gambhir said on Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.

Furthermore, Gambhir also opined that Zaheer Khan was the reason behind Dhoni’s success in Test cricket. Gambhir credited Ganguly for promoting Zaheer through the ranks and making him a world-class bowler.

“The reason Dhoni became such a successful captain in Test cricket is because of Zaheer Khan. He was a big blessing that Dhoni got, for which credit goes to Ganguly. According to me, Zaheer has been India’s best world-class bowler,” added Gambhir.

The left-hander was a crucial part of 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka. Gambhir (97) and Dhoni (91*) were the architects of India’s triumph as India clinched the coveted trophy by winning the final by six wickets.

Gambhir’s comments riled up many die-hard Dhoni fans, who have eagerly been waiting to see the wicketkeeper-batsman back in action. Despite staying away from the sport for a year now, there has been no decrease in Dhoni’s popularity and fan-following. Gambhir’s recent comments, filled with animosity, enraged many Dhoni fans as they bashed the former India opener upside down on social media.

Here’s how fans reacted: