Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir is well-known for his bold and blunt attitude and mindset. He’s one of the rare former cricketers who is not afraid to speak his mind and always preaches to stand with the truth and the right.
But recently, in an interview with a news channel, Gautam Gambhir said something that made everyone raise their eyebrows.
Speaking on the “Bada Bharat Show,” Gautam Gambhir was asked a rapid-fire series of questions from the show host. One of the questions was about the biggest regret in his life. While one would have maybe expected something from Gambhir’s personal life, the 41-year-old gave the most unexpected answer.
Gambhir said that becoming a cricketer is the biggest regret in his life!
“Mujhe cricketer nhi hona chahiye tha (I should not have become a cricketer),” Gautam Gambhir said, leaving the host stumped.
Since this was a rapid-fire round, Gambhir didn’t elaborate on it, but fans on social media have been wondering why the former India opener – who is one of the most successful Indian batsmen and one of the biggest names in Indian cricket – said so.
Gambhir has one of the most illustrious careers of all-time. He has played two match-winning innings in two ICC world cup finals – in 2007 T20 World Cup final vs Pakistan and in 2011 World Cup final vs Sri Lanka, a knock of 97 which will never be forgotten.
Further, Gautam Gambhir captained KKR to two IPL trophies in 2012 and 2014; without Gambhir, KKR wouldn’t have the rich history they have now.
Gautam Gambhir explains middle-finger gesture to fans
Gambhir currently is in Sri Lanka, for commentating in the Asia Cup 2023. He was recently involved in a controversy where a video emerged of him showing his middle finger to fans who were apparently shouting “Kohli Kohli” chants to tease him.
However, in his explanation, Gambhir said that the video was of a different day, and the video is doctored and edited. He added that the Pakistani fans were chanting anti-India slogans to which Gambhir showed them the finger.
“What is shown on social media has no truth in it because people show whatever they want to show. The truth about the video that went viral is that if you raise anti-India slogans and speak about Kashmir then the person before you will obviously react and not smile and leave. There were 2-3 Pakistanis there who were speaking anti-India things and things on Kashmir. So, it was my natural reaction. I can’t hear anything against my country. So, that was my reaction,” he explained.