Sreesanth, addressing the incident through an Instagram live session, accused Gambhir of disrespectfully mocking and calling him names during the LLC game.
During the Legends League Cricket (LLC) 2023 Eliminator in Surat, tensions rose between S Sreesanth of Gujarat Giants and Gautam Gambhir, captain of India Capitals. The heated exchange occurred in the second over of India Capitals’ innings, triggered by Gambhir’s boundary and six followed by a dot ball from Sreesanth.
Post-match, Sreesanth addressed the issue on Instagram, accusing Gambhir of mocking and rudely calling him names without any apparent reason. Sreesanth highlighted Gambhir’s alleged lack of respect for teammates, including senior players like Virender Sehwag, branding him ‘Mr. Fighter’ known for quarreling with colleagues.
“Unfortunately we lost the legends but thank you for all the love and support. Just wanted to clear the air with what happened with Mr fighter. One who always fights with all his colleagues. For no reason whatsoever. He does not even respect his own senior players, including Viru Bhai. That’s exactly what happened today. Without any provocation, he just kept on calling me something which was very rude which shouldn’t have been said by Mr Gautam Gambhir,” he said.
Sreesanth also expressed his distress over Gambhir’s words, emphasizing that he wasn’t at fault. He vowed to reveal Gambhir’s inappropriate comments made during their cricket confrontation, highlighting that his family and state faced numerous challenges.
Stressing Gambhir’s disrespectful behavior toward colleagues, citing his past conflicts with Virat Kohli, Sreesanth condemned the lack of respect despite representing people.
“I am not at all at fault here. I just wanted to clear the air straight away. What Mr Gauti has done, sooner or later all of you will get to know. The words which he used and the things he said on a cricket field, live, is not acceptable. My family, my state, everybody has gone through so much. I fought that battle with all your support. Now people want to down me for no reason. He said things he shouldn’t have said. I will surely let you know what he said,” he said.
“What’s the point of representing people if you don’t respect your own colleagues? Even in broadcasting when he is asked about Virat, he never speaks about him. He speaks about something else. I don’t want to go further in detail. Just want to say I am very hurt and my family is hurt and my dear ones are hurt. And the way he said things…. I haven’t used a single bad word or a single abuse, nothing. He just kept on saying words which he always does,” Sreeshanth added.
Sreesanth’s wife expressed shock over Gambhir’s behavior, questioning his conduct despite their shared years in the Indian cricket team. She emphasized the significance of upbringing, highlighting how such behavior surfaces even after retiring from active cricket.
On the match front, Gambhir’s team, India Capitals, claimed victory by 12 runs against Sreesanth’s Gujarat Giants, eliminating them from the tournament.
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Last Updated on December 7, 2023
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