Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has praised Mahendra Singh Dhoni and described him as a great human being. The southpaw also reminisced about his innings of 97 runs that handed India the 2011 World Cup and expressed his happiness at contributing to the team’s victory.
For the major part of their careers, Gautam Gambhir and Mahendra Singh Dhoni haven’t enjoyed the best of the relationships. Although the duo have taken India to so many triumphs together, their difference in opinions made headlines, more often than not.
But surprisingly, Gambhir, during an interaction with fans through Facebook, described Dhoni as a “fantastic player and great human being”.
Gambhir said, “There’s no rivalry between me and Dhoni. I feel whenever we’ve played for India, irrespective of the differences of opinions we’ve had, the ultimate aim to make has been to try and make the country proud and try and help our country win.”
He further added, "There are bound be differences in opinion, that happens in any sphere of life, if you are in a group, be it in a family or anywhere else, but until the time your goal is to make your country, I don’t think there will ever be any differences. I think he’s (Dhoni) a fantastic player, a fantastic human being.
“We’ve had our best moments of our life together, whether it’s winning the World T20 in 2007 or the World Cup in 2011, being No 1 Test side in the world. Our ambition and our goal have always been the same.”
In the interaction, Gambhir also reminisced about his 97-run innings in the 2011 World Cup final and said that although he has the disappointment of not scoring a century on that glorious night, he was happy about his valuable contribution for the team.
"It was disappointing to miss the 100 in the final, but I hope that this country which is more obsessed with 100 could remember the 97 and the fact that we won the match and trophy. No one remembers that Mahela Jayawardene scored 100, I am more than happy with the 97 as it contributed to the victory of the team," Gambhir said.
The Kolkata Knight Riders skipper spoke about the next season of IPL and said that he is looking forward to the new season.
"I am very excited as it is a great opportunity for me and KKR as if we win we can be the first side to win the league thrice," Gambhir added.