Amidst the Covid-19 situation when the entire World was gloomy, the Indian cricket fans were celebrating an extraordinary moment yesterday. India won the cricket world cup on the same date in 2011 and it is a memory etched in the minds of every Indian cricket fan. The winning six by Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the best memories in the mind of Indian fans and is often portrayed as a symbol of Indian cricket. However, this particular six created ripples amongst the cricketing World yesterday. Gautam Gambhir, touted as the unsung hero of India’s victory in the match, produced a fuss over ESPN’s post on 2nd April.
As we reported yesterday, Gautam Gambhir did not like the post made by the official twitter handle of ESPN on the day and stirred the ESPN staff for posting the image of MS Dhoni on their id. He branded the winning six as a nationwide obsession. Gambhir further lamed the ESPN for joining rest of the World and forgetting the contribution of the rest of the players in the side. Gambhir, who played a decisive inning of 97 runs in the final and anchored the innings, wasn’t happy how the World has forgotten his or others’ contribution.
How the World reacted to Gautam Gambhir?
The post of Gautam Gambhir wasn’t well-received by the World. The cricket obsesses nation slammed Gambhir was being jealous and asked him to stop being needy. However, the most fitting reply came in from the Editor-in-Chief of ESPN Cricinfo, Sambit Bal. The noted cricket writer politely yet firmly replied to Gambhir. He said
“Without doubt, Gautam, you were the real man of the match, and we certainly know that a cricket match is rarely won by one man. It’s just that some images become iconic, just like Kapil Dev holding the trophy in 1983. That’s how sporting memory works.”
Sambit Bal’s response gained a lot of praise from all people around the nation.
What do you think? Who is right, Sambit Bal or Gautam Gambhir? Tell us in the comment sections.