Gautam Gambhir’s uncomplimentary comments towards his former captain MS Dhoni have been coming quite regularly. Be it the indirect criticism of his biopic or picking Sanju Samson over him as the best keeper-batsman in India, Gambhir has let his uncharitable view of Dhoni be known to all.
Now, in an all new attack, the former India opener has blamed, though not in a direct manner, MSD for falling three runs short of a hundred in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup final, against Sri Lanka.
In that famous game, Gambhir was dismissed for 97 when he came down the wicket and was beaten by a delivery that went on to hit his stumps. In the same match, MS Dhoni remained not out on 91 and won the man of the match award.
Speaking to a news website, the former left-handed batsman said that it was his captain who took his mind away from the target they were chasing and got him to worry about his individual milestone.
When he was asked about his feelings on being overshadowed by MS Dhoni in the World Cup final and Irfan Pathan in the 2007 World T20 final – both players being given the man of the match awards – despite having been the top scorer in both games, the cricketer-turned-MP gave a candid reply.