"While We Celebrate MS Dhoni's Innings…": Gautam Gambhir Makes Sharp World Cup Remark
Gautam Gambhir is one of the best Indian cricket players of his age. He was a key part of India's victories at the 2007 ICC World T20 and the 2011 World Cup finals. Gambhir's work was a big reason why India did well in the two big games.
But some people feel that his achievements, especially at the World Cup in 2011, don't get the credit they should. Gambhir said in an interview that he doesn't mind if his own efforts are forgotten because the goal was for India to win the World Cup, which they did.
In a chat on crichistory.in, Gambhir talked about some of the other people who helped India win the World Cup in 2011 but didn't get as much credit as they should have. People like Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, and others were on the list.
"Do we give Yuvraj Singh enough credit for what he did in the 2011 World Cup, despite his health problems? Should we enjoy Zaheer Khan's first spell as much as we do? Even though it's amazing that he started the World Cup final with four clean overs, he doesn't get enough credit for it.
Do we show enough appreciation for Sachin Tendulkar's efforts? Yes, we praise him and the win, but how many people remember that he scored the most goals in the World Cup? Do we celebrate Harbhajan Singh's bowling against Pakistan in Mohali or Suresh Raina's batting against Australia in Ahmedabad and Pakistan in Mohali? He said in the chat that both of these innings were game-winning.
Gambhir said again that Dhoni's innings wasn't the only reason why India won the World Cup. The former cricketer-turned-politician even said that social media is "biassed" when it comes to these kinds of issues.
"As much as we praise MS Dhoni's performance in the final, we should also praise these other things. India couldn't win the title in just one game. It was a group effort, and everyone should be proud of that.
We don't do it anymore because of social media. We all know that social media is full of bias.
But it's not true just because it's on social media. On social media, people tend to praise individuals more than the team as a whole. When we do this, we don't honour key players who played just as important a role.
And that is definitely a problem. I'll just say that we should cheer for the whole team. "We should honour everyone who helped India win, not just Dhoni, because they all played very important roles," he said.