Gautam Gambhir has for long had this reputation of being a straight-talker and a person who never shies away from calling a spade, a spade. However, this attitude has on plenty of occasions landed the Delhi southpaw in trouble and at the wrong side of social media armies.
To his credit though, public scrutiny has never deterred him and now that he’s an active politician, it’s a part of the job. He has taken on some of the biggest names in the world of cricket, be it Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni. He has publicly slammed MS Dhoni for going ahead with the rotation policy in the 2012 CB series when it came to the openers. India’s captain of the time had decided only two of Gambhir Sehwag and Sachin would play, however, come the big games, all 3 of them were included.
The left-hander, who clearly played the most impactful and crucial innings in the 2011 World Cup final, lost out on the man of the match award to Dhoni. Many of his ‘haters’ use this to try and create the impression that the East Delhi MP is jealous of the Mahi. Nipping the propoganda balloon with a pin, Gambhir has recently praised MS Dhoni, especially the maverick batsman that he was early on.
Here’s what Gambhir said ;
“Probably world cricket has missed one thing… that is MS (Dhoni) captained India and did not bat at No. 3. Had MS batted at No. 3, probably world cricket would have seen a completely different player. Probably he would have got many more runs, broken many records. Forget about records, they are meant to be broken. He would have been the most exciting cricketer in the world had he not captained India and had he batted at No. 3. MS Dhoni batting at No. 3 on flat wickets with the quality of bowling attack now in world cricket… look at Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and West Indies in the current situation, with the quality there is in international cricket, MS Dhoni would have broken most of the records.”