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Updated: May 4, 2013 19:24 IST

Gambhir clears air about verbal duel with Dravid

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A file photo of Gautam Gambhi. Photo: R.V. Moorthy
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Kolkata Knight Riders Captain Gautam Gambhir on Saturday sought to downplay his verbal duel with Rajasthan Royals counterpart Rahul Dravid in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match, insisting that he never exchanged harsh words with the legendary batsman.

This was the second time that Gambhir found himself involved in an on-field spat after a run-in with Virat Kohli in a previous IPL match.

On Friday night in the fifth over of the KKR innings, the incident started with Manvender Bisla and Shane Watson exchanging a few words after the Australia sought to intimidate the Indian with the ball on his follow through.

Dravid stepped in to try and calm Bisla but the stumper asked him to cool off Watson first. Gambhir, who was batting at the other end, joined the heated discussion even as Dravid walked past the two with a smile on his face.

In the next over, when Gambhir was stumped by Dinesh Yagnik off Watson, the batsman again appeared to be exchanging some words with Dravid before walking off.

However, Gambhir sought to clear the air saying he did not disrespect Dravid during the incident.

“Guys, u have got it all wrong. No harsh words exchanged between me n Rahul bhai. He was n will always be a respected teammate. No fuss plz,” he wrote on his twitter page.

Gambhir actually ridiculed the way last night’s incident was hyped.

“Guess we are always obsessed wid some drama or spice.

Sorry none existed between me and rahul. Always respect him,” read his second tweet.

Before Gambhir, Australian spin legend Shane Warne, who led the Rajasthan Royals to the IPL title in 2008, took a jibe at the Indian opener on the same site.

“Question cricket followers - is Ghambir in the top 3 annoying cricketers on the planet ???,” Warne wrote on his twitter page.

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i think mr. divakar is bisla fan, thats why he is saying like this, comeon man dravid is the last man on planet to argue with, if he was trying to solve the matter with bisla n gambhir, they should listen him, becoz he is the true gentleman, aur vaise bhi bisla aur gambhir dono frustated hain bcoz they are almost out of the tournament, and last thing they both dont have a future in indian cricket team, they cant be 1/4 of dravid..

from:  nitin
Posted on: May 5, 2013 at 12:53 IST

Hi Divakar,
I understand that you are entitled to have your opinion and take sides. However, I felt compelled to make a few corrections in your observations.
1) Let Jadeja proove his worth as he plays more often for India... so far he has done it brilliantly.. however, when you accuse him making comments against Gambhir, you did not do the proper research in this crazy misinformation era.. the comment was posted on the parody account of jadeja (he does not own that account)
2) Dravid went to Bisla as an elderly statesman of Indian cricket thinking to calm down the situation.. however, when he was told to mind his own business, Dravid was walking off and also tried to pull off Rahane.. it was then than Gambhir thought to mouth off Dravid while he was retreating.. Gambhir continued it even when he got dismissed. I dont know how does Gambhir holds a moral high ground
3) I would rest my case if you consider the history of gambhir and Dravid about their exemplary behaviours on the field

from:  Kishore Kunal
Posted on: May 5, 2013 at 11:16 IST

Gambhir and Bisla were absolutely right to have words with Rahul Dravid. It was Shane Watson's who provoked Bisla and the KKR wicket keeper gestured him immediately to throw the ball at him. Rahul Dravid should have either NOT intervened or went over to Shane Watson to calm him down. Dravid has got no right to advice Bisla to stay calm. He should focus on his team-mate.

Ravindra Jadeja should not have a say on this issue. Just because he had performed well in one series does not mean he is a damn good performer. Who is he to say "Kohli is better than Gambhir?" I wonder if SIR RJ has the ability to shut his critics when he plays outside India.

from:  Divakar Venkatramani
Posted on: May 4, 2013 at 17:35 IST
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