Gautam Gambhir has once again voiced his dissatisfaction with the excessive idolization within Indian cricket. Having been a key figure in India’s victories during the 2007 World Twenty20 and the 2011 ODI World Cup, Gambhir highlighted the lack of proper acknowledgment for numerous players who played pivotal roles in these significant ICC tournaments.
The left-handed batsman has frequently discussed the culture of elevating cricketers to celebrity status in India, attributing it to the nation’s less impressive showings in global competitions. Gambhir put forth the idea that established stalwarts like Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan don’t receive adequate recognition for their contributions during the 2011 World Cup.
“When you talk about not giving credit, forget about me, I think we have not given enough spread to Yuvraj Singh as well. We have not given enough credit to Zaheer Khan. How many people talk about Zaheer Khan’s first spell in the World Cup final which set the tone for us – five overs four maidens. Tell me how many people remember that?”
The previous introduction discussed how both the media and fans are fixated on specific players, emphasizing that a significant portion of Indian supporters began regarding players as more than just participants in the game of cricket.
Gambhir noted that the six hit by MS Dhoni, which played a crucial role in India’s victory in the final match, remains a topic of constant discussion among fans. He also indicated that Sachin Tendulkar‘s performance might not have received the adequate recognition it deserved, just like Dhoni’s six.
Gambhir also indicated that he has the capability to invest a substantial sum of money to gain attention, but he chooses to reside in the actual world instead.
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