Twitterati unimpressed with Gautam Gambhir criticising MS Dhoni's captaincy in 2012

Twitterati unimpressed with Gautam Gambhir criticising MS Dhoni’s captaincy in 2012

While some suggested that it was a right decision looking into the future, others felt that it was unfair on Gambhir's part

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Gautam Gambhir recently announced his swansong from all forms of cricket. The left-handed batsman scored more than 10,000 runs for India across all formats. In his last first-class game, the opener registered a century against Andhra Pradesh that too at his home ground, i.e. Ferozeshah Kotla stadium.

In an interview recently, Gambhir pointed out that he wasn’t satisfied with his exclusion from the 2015 World Cup. He also went on to cast aspersions on MS Dhoni‘s captaincy by questioning his rotational policy during the CB series in Australia in 2012. Further, he was critical of him reversing the decision later on.

“At the start of the series, we didn’t play together, it was a rotation thing. When it was a desperate moment, MS had to play three of us. If you take a decision, back your decision, stick to it. Don’t back on something on which you have already decided,” he was quoted as saying by India Today.

Rotational policy opted from Dhoni

During the 2012 tri-series, in a bid to give a chance to youngsters, Dhoni had introduced a rotational policy. He conceded that the senior trio of Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar couldn’t be persisted with in every game. As a result, one of them had to make way for a youngster every game.

This was done on the road to the 2015 World Cup which was also in Australia. Dhoni felt that the trio was unlikely to sustain that long. He was absolutely spot on about the same. Tendulkar retired later the same year. Gambhir and Sehwag both lost their forms and were eventually dropped from the side across all formats.

Twitter witnessed fan wars between both the sides. While some suggested that it was a right decision looking into the future, others felt that it was unfair on Gambhir’s part. Both Tendulkar and Sehwag had earlier clarified that Dhoni had spoken to them before making the decision. However, Gambhir doesn’t seem to have taken it sportingly.

Here are some of the reactions on Gambhir’s statement:-

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