RR vs KKR: 'Ben Stokes is favorite of people in Delhi for wrong reasons' - Gautam Gambhir joins Virat Kohli in praising England captain

Updated - 15 May 2024, 05:46 PM

Gautam Gambhir, Ben Stokes
Gautam Gambhir, Ben Stokes [PC: X]

Gautam Gambhir is rarely seen sharing a light moment on the cricket field. Just like the surname Gambhir which literally means serious, the former India opener likes to remain serious in real life as well.

He is hardly seen sporting a smile on his face let alone having a light moment on the cricket field. However, the World Cup winner could not stop himself from coming up with a hilarious joke while talking about England allrounder Ben Stokes. 

In a recent interview on Sportskeeda, Gautam Gambhir talked about the top all-rounders in the world and made sure to mention Stokes' name while also picking the likes of Andre Russell and Cameron Green. The host of the show then cheekily asked Gautam Gambhir about Stokes' popularity in Delhi. In reply, the former cricketer hilariously said:

"Ben Stokes is favorite player of people in Delhi for wrong reasons. He should be their favorite for another reason because he is a quality player. He has incredible quality."

The pronunciation of Stokes' name is very similar to a very popular cuss word in Hindi and it has led to some hilarious episodes in the past. Time and again, one has seen Virat Kohli using the same cuss word on the field. In fact, Stokes himself had joked about it in the past.

In 2019, Stokes took to Twitter to say that he might delete his Twitter account after being poked constantly with a tweet that evokes his name every time Kohli uses his favorite cuss word.

"I may delete Twitter just so I don't have to see another tweet," Stokes had written.

Gautam Gambhir on not becoming an allrounder:

Speaking further, Gautam Gambhir also opened up on his playing career and explained why he decided against becoming an allrounder even though he started his career as a bowler. One of India's most decorated openers, Gambhir stated that he wanted to focus only on his batting once he started opening the innings.

"I never thought of becoming an all-rounder. In fact, I started my career as a bowler. I never thought of becoming an all-rounder because when I started opening the batting, I shifted my entire focus towards batting. See the job of an opener is quite challenging, especially in Test cricket.

"If you talk about Test cricket, I don't think there were too many openers who were also all-rounders. It is a specialized job. Imagine you had to field for 150-160 overs while bowling some overs as well, then after 10 minutes, you have to come out to open the batting, the recovery of the body will not be the same. Plus, the mental skill may not be the same," he said.