Former India opener Gautam Gambhir turned a year older on October 14th. The 40-years old former cricketer has been pioneer in India’s two World Cup victories. Whether it was the first T20 World Cup 2007 or the 2011 ODI World Cup, both the times Gambhir has been the top scorer for India. He has also led KKR to two IPL titles in his captaincy.
Despite of having a great cricket career, who did great things on the field, Gambhir’s cricket journey ended in a disappointing manner. Whether it was for India or, IPL franchise KolKata Knight Riders, Gambhir has given many beautiful memories to cherish.
Former Indian captain MS Dhoni has been a very polarizing figure in Indian cricket. He has led India to numerous glories, including two world cups, but Dhoni has also received harsh criticism for some controversial decisions when it comes to selection of players and treatment of senior players during his time as a captain.
Gautam Gambhir opened up on his experience with Dhoni, post 2011 World Cup. Gambhir said that during 2012 CB series in Australia, Dhoni told him that he couldn’t play him, Sachin and Sehwag together in the team as they leak too many runs on the field that Dhoni was looking ahead at the 2015 World Cup.
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Gambhir said that it was a massive shock for him that he always loved playing for India. Gambhir and Tendulkar eventually got to play 7 matches in that series while Sehwag played in 5. In that CB series Gambhir went onto score 308 runs with an average of 44 and also was the second highest run-scorer for the India, while Sachin and Sehwag managed to score just 143 and 65 runs, respectively.
In 2018, Gautam Gambhir retired from all forms of cricket. Later, in 2019 he joined politics and is now an MP from south-Delhi.