Gambhir Criticises While Gavaskar Defends Salman’s Rio Appointment

Gautam Gambhir criticised Salman Khan’s Rio appointment while Gavaskar came out in support of it. 

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Former Indian cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar on Monday said there was nothing wrong with IOA appointing Salman Khan as the Indian Olympic contingent’s goodwill ambassador and cited the example of how IPL “benefitted” through its association with Bollywood stars.

“Why not a known face who is not really a part of that particular profession? If he can bring a lot more awareness to that particular profession then why not? I don’t see anything wrong in it,” Gavaskar was quoted saying. He further added:

How has IPL been benefitted by having Bollywood stars in it? It has helped considerably in bringing the crowd to the stadium. Eventually, it’s mainly because of the kind of cricket being played that will decide the fate of that edition of the IPL but having Shah Rukh (Khan), Preity (Zinta) on the ground, a lot of people come to see them, so that’s a plus.
Sunil Gavaskar

Bindra Would Have Been The Ideal Choice: Gambhir

However, Kolkata Knight Riders captain and former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir was against the move.

“There is no shortage of real sportspersons in the country. People have done massive things in this country. I would have been happier had Abhinav Bindra or someone else being made the goodwill ambassador,” Gambhir said.

“For me, personally, Bindra would have been the ideal choice as he is India’s lone individual gold medallist.”

Gambhir on Salim Khan

Gambhir also took a dig at Salim Khan for saying that Milkha Singh came back from oblivion due to the biopic ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’.

I heard someone saying sportsmen need publicity or sportsmen need Bollywood, but sportspersons do not need Bollywood or film industry for publicity, it is the other way round. Movies made on sports persons do not give them any excitement. They do the job for their country because that’s their passion and they want to do something for the country.
Gautam Gambhir

(With inputs from PTI.)

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