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Gautam Gambhir vouches for Virat Kohli after his statement was criticised by Sunil Gavaskar

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 27 November 2019, 18:32 IST

Former cricketer turned politician Gautam Gambhir has apparently supported Indian skipper Virat Kohli after his statement was criticised by Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar. Subsequent to India’s victory against Bangladesh in the historic pink ball Test at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.

Virat Kohli accredited BCCI president Sourav Ganguly for beginning the procedure that has now resulted in team asserting themselves on the field. The comment was not taken well by Sunil Gavaskar and he stated that Indian team were winning in 70s and 80s as well and people tend to forget that.

Gautam Gambhir has now put forth his point and he too believes that India started winning more on foreign soil under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy.

“Under previous captains like Sunil Gavaskar or Kapil Dev or other captain after them, India were always a dominant force at home. However, under Ganguly, we started winning more outside India. I think what Virat Kohli said about taking Sourav Ganguly’s legacy forward, in terms of winning outside India, I agree with it,” he added.

Following India’s win over Bangladesh by an innings and 46 runs in Kolkata, Virat Kohli said: “The idea is to establish yourself in the middle and we have learnt to stand up and give it back. It all started with Dada’s (Sourav Ganguly) team and we are just carrying it forward.”

To this, Sunil Gavaskar Stated in the post-match show: “This is a fantastic win but I would like to make a point.”

“The Indian captain said that this thing started in 2000 with Dada’s (Ganguly’s) team. I know Dada is the BCCI President, so maybe Kohli wanted to say nice things about him. But India were also winning in the ‘70s and ‘80s. He wasn’t born then.

“A lot of people still think that cricket started only in 2000s. But the Indian team won overseas in the ‘70s. The Indian team also won away in 1986. India also drew series overseas. They lost like other teams did,” Gavaskar added.

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First published: 27 November 2019, 18:32 IST