Five instances when Gautam Gambhir’s comments about Virat Kohli made headlines

five instances when Gautam Gambhir made headlines for his comments and his thoughts on former India skipper Virat Kohli

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Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli

Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli (source-twitter)

Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli have been in the news after their fracas during IPL this year. Both Gambhir and Kohli had shared the dressing room not just for India but also for their Delhi domestic side. The two had their first fallout during IPL 2013 game between Kolkata and Bangalore.

The animosity again rose during the Lucknow versus Bangalore game during IPL 2023. Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir were part of the team that won the 2011 World Cup. Here we look at the five instances when Gautam Gambhir caused controversy with his comments directed at Virat Kohli.

Gautam Gambhir advises Virat Kohli to keep his emotions in check 

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Virat Kohli is known to wear his heart on his sleeve and can show his emotions on the ground. The former Indian opener did not like the aggressive captaincy of Kohli during the 2021 T20 World Cup game against New Zealand.

India went on to lose the game and faced an early exit from the tournament. Gambhir had remarked “You don’t have to be on the face all the time. You don’t have to show your emotions always. Sometimes just your positivity and calmness can be equally positive as well. just by reacting to everything doesn’t mean you are more passionate than someone else”

The need to be a better role model as per Gambhir 

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India had lost the test series to South Africa in early 2022 despite winning the 1st test. The tempers flared up when the Indian team did not get a few decisions going their way. Virat Kohli voiced his displeasure at the stump mic and this did not impress Gautam Gambhir.

The former Indian opener said “No matter what you say, stuff like he plays with his in his sleeve, this reaction was an exaggerated one you can’t be a role model in this manner. No budding cricketer would want to see this kind of reaction, especially from the Indian captain”

Praising Virat Kohli for a change 

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Gautam Gambhir hasn’t always gone after the former Indian skipper Kohli. Gautam Gambhir earlier this year had words of praise for his former teammate. Speaking during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Gambhir said “The real challenge for Rohit Sharma will be when he goes to Australia, South Africa and England because there were challenges for Virat Kohli there. Virat Kohli has made this team, Shami, Siraj, Bumrah, Ashwin, Axar, and Jadeja”

Gambhir’s message to Kohli on captaincy 

publive-image Kohli vs SA (source-twitter)

Virat Kohli was one of the most successful test captains not only for India but also for world cricket. Gambhir while speaking on Kohli post the South Africa series in 2022 said “Captaincy is not anyone’s birthright. People like MS Dhoni have given the captaincy baton to Virat Kohli. He has played under Kohli as well. He has won three major titles and 4 IPL trophies as well. I think Kohli should look to score runs and that is more important.”

The infamous IPL 2023 fall-out 

publive-image Kohli v Gambhir (source-Twitter)

Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir had a famous fallout during IPL 2023. This was after Kohli and Naveen Ul Haq had a spat on the ground. The former RCB skipper said to Gambhir how he did not say anything top him. Gambhir famously retorted “Toh ab tu mujhe sikhaega”

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