Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has often hit the headlines for his bold and straightforward opinions. He praises the players and the teams and also slams them, given the circumstances.
At times, his comments become controversial so much that even users slam the former Indian cricketer on social media portals, which has been the case so far.
Meanwhile, Gambhir launched a scathing attack on “hero worship” culture, which is quite common in India. In fact, this isn’t just among the fans but also in the media and broadcasters as well.
The heroic culture started in 1983 when India made waves in the World Cup by beating West Indies in the final. Since then, it has led to fans praising stars like Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni and now Virat Kohli.
Gambhir added that the fans have forgotten or failed to praise the contributions of the other members of the team.
There are many others who also give it all in the game but they fail to get noticed. The media, broadcasters have often showed the top stars as the winners.
Gautam Gambhir not happy with hero worship culture in Indian cricket fraternity
A year ago, a media outlet highlighted MS Dhoni’s winning six against Sri Lanka in ICC ODI World Cup 2011 final. To which, Gambhir came up with a straightforward response.
“Just a reminder @ESPNcricinfo : #worldcup2011 was won by entire India, entire Indian team & all support staff. High time you hit your obsession for a SIX,” Gambhir tweeted.
Meanwhile, while speaking to Indian Express in their show ‘Idea Exchange’, the former Indian cricketer was asked a follow-up query on brand-creation in Team India.
To which, he said, “Don’t create monsters in the dressing room. Only monster should be Indian cricket, not an individual.”
“Do you think that this whole hero worship chokes the next star to come up? Nobody has grown in that shadow. It was Mahendra Singh Dhoni earlier, it is Virat Kohli now,” he further added.
“When Kohli got a 100 and there was this young guy from a small town of Meerut [Bhuvneshwar Kumar], who also managed to get five wickets, no one even bothered to speak about him. This was so unfortunate. I was the only one, during that commentary stint, who said that. He bowled four overs and got five wickets and I don’t think anyone knows about that,” Gambhir said.