The finale of World Cup 2011 is still fresh in the minds of every cricket fan. Gautam Gambhir’s thumping knock of 97 runs and MS Dhoni’s brilliant 91 runs took India to the victory side. Remembering the winning sixer from MS Dhoni’s bat still gives us goosebumps.
There’s no denying the fact that MS Dhoni is one of the most successful captains around the world. He took the Indian cricket team to the number 1 position. It was under him that the Indian cricket team won all the three ICC trophies including the 2011’s World Cup.
While the cricketers around the world draw inspiration from the legendary captain, former cricketer Gautam Gambhir’s equation with MS Dhoni isn’t that good.
Recently, Gautam Gambhir riled up some of the MS Dhoni fans by calling his rotational policy during the 2012 CB series in Australia ‘crap’. But his recent statements on MS Dhoni will definitely leave his and Dhoni’s fans agitated.
Gautam Gambhir has now blamed MS Dhoni for him missing his century in the 2011 World Cup. Talking about what happened when he was on 97, he said:
“I have been asked this question many times, on what happened when I was on 97. I tell every youngster and every person that before getting to 97, I never thought about my own individual score but looked at the target set by Sri Lanka. 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’.”
“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 feels that Dhoni reminding him of his milestone made him get anxious and eventually made him lose his wicket. He said:
“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.“
While MS Dhoni won the Man of the Match award for his blockbuster performance in the match, incidentally, Gambhir’s contribution was pushed in the back.
Gautam Gambhir’s statements have angered the fans of MS Dhoni, who are now slamming him left and right. Here, check out the reactions of twitterati:
— Abhijeet Dipke (@abhijeet_dipke) November 17, 2019
— Deblina Roy (@Deblina45904994) November 17, 2019
If not complete your century that is your fault. MS dhoni is great captain in the world. Please don't blame to Dhoni. I love Gautam and I love dhoni. @msdhoni @GautamGambhir @BCCI @SGanguly99 pic.twitter.com/S8QpnT0UcE
— Aman deep Yadav (@amandeep301) November 18, 2019
How stupid @GautamGambhir you were not thinking of your individual score but later you feel bad of not scoring a century, that was the reason @msdhoni reminded you of your score.https://t.co/lNA3B8l2Rl
— Shagun setia (@SetiaShagun) November 18, 2019
He tries his level best @GautamGambhir everytime. But @msdhoni is toooo big a player to be discredited by such cheap small stories by a cricketer who is taking his frustration post retirement. At least he could have spared the biggest glory Indian cricket has had in this century. https://t.co/h7tWoW8Sdj
— Ritik Goel (@BrainyRitikFun) November 17, 2019
Gambhir has hit a new low for political benefits. If he has such a weak mindset that someone telling him to do something will affect his judgement then I think he should not be given any more responsibilities.
— Hamendra Tak (@hamendra_tak) November 18, 2019
We hate You Ms Dhoni… Because of You our @GautamGambhir remain unsung forever 😏😏
WC? WTF? 🖕
I didn't able to complete my hundred 😭😭 (3/3)
— Pradip Hazra (@PradipMsd7) November 18, 2019
— PA1 K S (@iPKS03007) November 18, 2019
HYPOCRITE….you have became a politician doesn't mean that you will fool us all the time..
we totally understand what would have happened, when @msdhoni would have asked you not to care about your century, rush of blood would have taken a toll of @GautamGambhir https://t.co/R1yVQT57a7
— PA1 K S (@iPKS03007) November 18, 2019
Gautam Gambhir: I'm on 97* 😎
MS Dhoni: Just three runs away pic.twitter.com/1jIwmTxS1c
— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) November 17, 2019
Gambhir khel-khiladi par ek kalank
Yaar can somebody tell me why this man keeps on weeping every time?
— pradeep Sharma (@pksbharatpur) November 18, 2019
Unexpected jibe from a great player like Hon'ble @GautamGambhir ji : though he no longer needs ans anymore, such remarks against the other greats, like @msdhoni , reveal a fragile and not a tough mind.
— vikas (@vikas6th) November 18, 2019
— Phani kumar (@phanisays) November 18, 2019
— Manhar Jindal (@JindalManhar) November 17, 2019
Very disgraceful from @GautamGambhir. Blaming @msdhoni for getting out at 97 in CWC final 2011. As if he did not believed in his capabilities. You should have known to handle the pressure of completing the 100. #Shameful
— Modern Gandhi (@moderngandhi11) November 17, 2019
— Namandeep Saxena (@NamandeepS) November 17, 2019
This is what would be happened I think…. When he was in 97* and when bowler bowls and suddenly Dhoni said gambhir look back that was Amazing…. And he got OUT!!!!! @GautamGambhir @msdhoni #DHONIism #Dhoni #dhoniismbiggestfcofanycricketer
— Kevin (@Kevin31474681) November 17, 2019