Gautam Gambhir, MS Dhoni
Indian batsmen Gautam Gambhir and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (R) speak in the middle during the 2011 ICC World Cup final match between India and Sri Lanka at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, India on April 2, 2011. (Photo by Santosh Harhare/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Once again, Gautam Gambhir is on the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The former opening batsman of India was a hero for the Indian National Cricket Team during the final of the ICC T20I World Cup 2007 and ICC World Cup 2011, which was played under the captaincy of MS Dhoni.

Though MS Dhoni collected man of the match in the final of the 2011 World Cup, fans had given equal respect to the knock played by Gautam Gambhir, which set the game up for India. However, the latest statement from the left-handed batsman didn’t go down well with the fans.

MS Dhoni told me three are remaining for my century – Gautam Gambhir

The Delhi lad Gautam Gambhir indirectly blamed MS Dhoni for his dismissal on 97 runs. In his recent interview, Gautam Gambhir explained that he set his sight on the target and never looked for his personal milestone.

Gautam Gambhir, ICC World Cup 2019
Gautam Gambhir (Credits – Getty)

But then, MS Dhoni reminded him off his century, which is 3 runs away. He felt that it made an impact on his mindset while playing for those runs. Further, Gautam Gambhir quoted that remaining in the present situation should be the utmost for the batsman.

“I remember that when an over was completed, I and Dhoni were at the crease. He told me that ‘these three runs are remaining, get these three runs and your hundred would be completed,” Gambhir said in an interview.

“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 chase Sri Lanka’s target. If only that target remained in my mind, maybe, I would have easily scored my hundred.

Gautam Gambhir, Shah Rukh Khan
Gautam Gambhir (Credits – Getty Images)

“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, the knocks of Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni will be cherished for a long time, as it ended the 28-year wait for India. India were in a spot of bother at 114/3 when Gambhir was joined by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and the two added 109 runs for the fourth wicket to pave the way for a famous victory.

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