Gautam Gambhir was known to be India’s saviour with the bat in big ICC tournaments during his career. As a person, the former cricketer from Delhi has always been fearless and never shied away from expressing his convictions. After Gambhir retired from cricket he is still managing to be in the limelight through his sensational comments.
The former cricketer is now often seen giving his expert opinions about the game which are always fascinating. Gambhir doesn’t hesitate from making controversial declarations as he believes in stating fact no matter whoever the player is concerned. In this feature, we look ahead at the top 5 most controversial statements made by Gautam Gambhir which had everyone talking about it.
Top 5 Controversial Statements Made By Gautam Gambhir
1. Heartbreaking not to see Ambati Rayudu in the World Cup squad
Indian team management stunned everyone when Ambati Rayudu was left out of the 2019 cricket world cup. Leading up to the event Rayudu was groomed as a no. 4 batsmen for the world cup. Yet, after he failed in an ODI series against Australia he was omitted from the ODI squad.
Gautam Gambhir was baffled after not seeing Ambati Rayudu in India’s CWC squad. The former cricketer didn’t hold back and criticised the team management for not picking Rayudu who had a batting average of 48.
“I think there should be no debate about Rishabh Pant’s exclusion but more about Ambati Rayudu. It is very, very unfortunate that someone averaging 48 in white-ball cricket and is only 33 has been left out. That for me is more heartbreaking than any other selection decision”, said Gambhir.
Interestingly a lot of fans made fun of Gambhir after this statement as just a few weeks back he had announced that Sanju Samson should be India’s no. 4 in the cricket world cup.