Gautam Gambhir has denied rumors that he doesn’t like MS Dhoni and that all is not well between the two former Indian teammates, who won two World Cups together. In fact, Gambhir said he had so much respect for MS Dhoni that he would be the first person to stand next to him.
Past comments from Gautam Gambhir to MS Dhoni led many to believe in a rift between the two stalwarts of Indian cricket – whether it was the former’s commentary on his 97 run in the 2011 World Cup final or Dhoni’s captaincy in the 2012 CB Series in Australia. However, Gambhir on March 18 finally cleared things up about this rumored breakup with Dhoni.
Speaking to Jatin Sapru’s ‘Over and Out’ YouTube show, Gambhir absolutely dismissed the rumours, saying he has a lot of mutual respect for Dhoni and will always be the first person to stand by his side. sides if needed.
“See, I have so much mutual respect for him and that will always remain. I said it on air, I’ll say it on your channel, I can say it anywhere in front of 138 million people, that if ever in need i hope he never will but if ever in need in life i will be the first to stand next to him because of what he has done for Indian cricket, what he is as a human being,” Gambhir said.
Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni shared the Indian dressing room for nearly a decade and were involved in some of Team India’s most memorable triumphs, including the ICC T20 World Cup winning in 2007 and winning the ICC ODI World Cup in 2011.
Gambhir, the former captain of Kolkata Knight Riders, will now mentor Lucknow Super Giants for the 2022 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), starting March 26. He admitted his difference of opinion between them but clarified that it had nothing to do with the respect he has for Dhoni.
“You see, we might have differences of opinion, you might look at the game in a different way, I might look at the game in a different way. I have my own opinions, he has his own opinion. I I was actually vice-captain the longest when he was captain… We were rivals on the pitch when we played for our respective teams But I have so much mutual respect for him, for the kind of person , the kind of cricketer he is,” he added.
Furthermore, Gambhir reiterated his past comment on Dhoni, saying that the latter has the ability to break all white ball records if he beat at No. 3 for India. And Gambhir might not have been entirely wrong.
“And I can say it again, if he had beaten at No. 3, he would have broken all the records. We are talking about some of the greats in No. 3 – he would have beaten everything in white ball cricket. ” he signed .
Gambhir made his international debut before Dhoni in 2003 itself, but continued to play for several years under the latter. He was also Dhoni’s assistant in all formats for several years for India and led them in the absence of the former in six matches.
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