In a highly anticipated clash between archrivals India and Pakistan during the Asia Cup 2023, cricket fans around the world were eagerly awaiting a thrilling contest. However, the match at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele ended without a result, thanks to the unwelcome guest of rain. Both teams had to settle for a point each, with Pakistan securing their spot in the Asia Cup 2023 Super Fours. India now has a crucial encounter with Nepal, where a win could see them join Pakistan in the Super Fours.
Amidst the rain interruption during this historic showdown, former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir offered an unexpected perspective on a memorable match from the past.
Finally Gautam Gambhir agrees that MS Dhoni won the world cup final 2011 for India.. @GautamGambhir@niiravmodi @RoflGandhi_#GautamGambhir #MSDhoni_ pic.twitter.com/mG7FE8tyLZ
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Gautam Gambhir in today’s #PAKvIND match. Now GG should stop crying over WC Final Man Of The Match Award . #Dhoni #INDvPAK BCCI #ViratKohli #AsiaCup23 India Pakistan #Hardik Ram Siya Ram #IshanKishan pic.twitter.com/eOxTlBEt3p
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Gambhir’s Remarkable Insight
As the rain played spoilsport, the commentary team decided to delve into nostalgia, recalling India’s epic three-wicket victory over Pakistan during the Asia Cup 2010. Gambhir, who played a pivotal role in that match, was asked about his memories of the game.
In a surprising turn of events, Gambhir deflected the praise that came his way for scoring 83 runs and being named the Player of the Match. Instead, he insisted that the true hero of that encounter was Harbhajan Singh, who had the honor of hitting the winning runs.
“Jitaya maine nahi, jitaya actually Harbhajan Singh ne tha. Mere aur Dhoni ke beech mein sajhedhari hui thi lekin mera maanna hai, jo akhri run banata hai, wahi jitata hai,” Gambhir said, emphasizing the significance of the player who delivers the final blow.
A Surprising Departure
Gambhir’s comment during the India-Pakistan match took many by surprise, given his past stance on similar situations. He has often been vocal about the collective team effort that won the 2011 ODI World Cup for India, emphasizing that crediting MS Dhoni’s final six against Sri Lanka was unjust. His belief that a team’s victory should be attributed to collective efforts rather than an individual’s moment of glory has been consistent throughout his career.