Cricketer turned politician Gautam Gambhir never minces his words. Not even when he is talking about his former team members.
Recently, the cricketer spoke about how he missed a golden opportunity in the final match of ICC World Cup 2011 due to none other than MS Dhoni!
His candid comments on Dhoni have given way to a new controversy.
The Lok Sabha MP recently said that Dhoni might be the reason why he was unable to make his dream “World Cup hundred” during the India vs Sri Lanka match in 2011.
Speaking to an online portal, the veteran cricketer said, “I have been asked this question many times, on what happened when I was on 97. I tell every youngster and every person that before getting to 97, I never thought about my own individual score but looked at the target set by Sri Lanka. I remember that when an over was completed, I and Dhoni were at the crease.”
Gambhir further added:
“He (Dhoni) told me that ‘these three runs are remaining, get these three runs and your hundred would be completed’. Suddenly, when your mind turns to your individual performance, individual score, then, somewhere, you have a rush of blood. Before this moment, my target was only to win the match. If only that target remained in my mind, maybe, I would have easily scored my hundred.”
Gambir was cleaned bowled by Thisara Perera before he could make the remaining 3 runs. He was the highest scorer of the historic match that won the country its second World Cup. However, it was Dhoni who was awarded the man of the match award after his tremendous performance.
Explaining how the subtle reminder from captain cool made it difficult for him to ‘remain in the present,’ Gambhir said, “That’s why… till I was on 97, I was in the present, but as soon as I thought, I am three runs away from getting a hundred, then that rush of blood caused by the desire to get to a hundred (took over).”
“That’s why it’s so important to remain in the present… when I was walking back to the dressing room after being dismissed, I said to myself that these three runs would trouble me for the rest of my life and that is true. Even to this day, people ask me why I couldn’t get those three runs,” he added.
However, this is not the only instance where Gautam Gambhir has displayed his displeasure against Dhoni. Media reports have quoted the former criticizing Dhoni’s rotating policy in the past as well.