Former Indian cricketer, Gautam Gambhir has taken a fresh dig at former Indian captain MS Dhoni. “Dhoni finishes it off in style, India lifts the World Cup after 28 years,” these words from Ravi Shastri remain etched in the hearts of every Indian cricket fan. Indian Captain MS Dhoni’s six over mid-on off Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Kulasekara sealed the victory for the Men in Blue in one of the most electrifying World Cup finals in front of a jam-packed Wankhede crowd.
Gautam Gambhir’s spectacular 97 off 122 balls under pressure against Sri Lanka in the finals and Yuvraj Singh’s complete all-round performance throughout the tournament played a massive role in India’s ODI World Cup triumph. Before this, they won the World Cup back in 1983. However, Gautam Gambhir called out the fact that Yuvraj Singh doesn’t get enough credit for his contribution to India’s World Cup success.
Acknowledging Yuvraj’s invaluable contribution to the 2011 World Cup triumph, Gambhir who is known for his outspoken nature, lauded Yuvraj Sing’s role, which he feels has been underrated. “You know it. You tell me, a player who won the ‘Man of the Tournament’ of the 2011 World Cup, how many people talk about him? Probably because he doesn’t have a good PR agency,” Gambhir said on a podcast.
Yuvraj Singh was adjudged Player of the Tournament for scoring 362 runs and taking 15 wickets for India in their title-winning campaign. On being asked if Dhoni’s innings overshadowed his own innings during the 2011 World Cup final, Gambhir replied: “When people talk about being ‘underrated’, these are the same people who undervalue, under-show and under-appreciated. Nothing is underrated.”
Gautam Gambhir Urges The Broadcasters To Not Act As A PR Machinery
Gambhir then added that the broadcasters need to be fair and not focus on particular players. “A broadcaster can never be a PR machinery,” added Gambhir, talking about shows focusing their scripts on a few select players during live broadcasts.
“The broadcaster needs to be fair to everyone sitting in that dressing room,” he said. “If I have a machine and need to select two individuals within a three-hour timeframe, allocating 2 hours and 50 minutes to showcase one person and only 10 minutes to highlight the other, the individual showcased for 2 hours and 50 minutes naturally evolves into a brand,” Gautam Gambhir said, without taking any names.
Gautam Gambhir was also one of the heroes in the 2007 T20 World Cup final where he scored a brilliant 75 against Pakistan in the finals where the other batters failed to deliver. He has always performed for India in crunch situations and has raised a serious issue about the broadcasters showcasing particular players for an ample amount of time.