Days after announcing his retirement from cricket, Gautam Gambhir has slammed former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his questionable selection policy in 2012 during the CB Series in Australia. He said that Dhoni’s decision to not play him, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar together had left him shocked.
Speaking to India Today, Gambhir, who’s currently playing his last Ranji match for Delhi, told India Today, “In the 2012 Tri-series in Australia, Dhoni declared that he can’t play all three (Gambhir, Sachin and Sehwag) of us together as he was looking ahead at the 2015 World Cup.
“It was a massive shock, I think it would have been a massive shock for any cricketer. I have not heard anyone be told in 2012 that they would never be a part of the 2015 World Cup. I always had the impression that if you keep scoring runs, age is a just a number,” Gambhir told India Today.
He added, “If you have the skills to score the runs and you are not a liability on the field, you can go on to play as long as you want. This was always told to us and even in Australia we got to know that all the three can’t play together, and we eventually got to play together.
“When we were in a desperate need to win a game, I remember in Hobart, Viru and Sachin opened and I batted at three with Virat batted at four. India won that game and we had to chase in 37 over.”
Gambhir went on to score 308 runs in the seven matches of the series. He said, “At the start of the series, we didn’t play together, it was a rotation thing. When it was a desperate moment, MS had to play three of us. If you take a decision, back your decision, stick to it. Don’t back on something on which you have already decided.
“First you decided that you won’t play the three of us together, then you decided that you are going to play the three of us together. Either the original decision was wrong, or the second decision was wrong. He took that decision as a captain and it was a shock to all three of us.”
India won three matches out of eight in the 2012 CB series with one finishing in a tie. Australia and Sri Lanka played the best of three finals with the hosts winning the trophy.