Gautam Gambhir Slams BJP MLA For Calling Virat Kohli Unpatriotic

Gambhir called BJP MLA Pannalal Shakya’s comment “ridiculous” and said that politicians should be more sensible.

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Gautam Gambhir has criticised BJP MLA Pannalal Shakya for having called Indian skipper Virat Kohli “unpatriotic”. The Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Guna in Madhya Pradesh had, on 19 December, voiced his reservations over cricketer Virat Kohli and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma opting to get married in Italy.

"I think it’s a ridiculous statement. It’s their personal wish. Some people make these statements to grab headlines. Politicians should be more sensible while making such statements against anyone," said Gambhir.

He also congratulated the newlyweds.

Delhi’s Top Performer

Delhi’s top performer in the Ranji season so far, Gambhir has scored 632 runs, including three centuries and two fifties. He’s eighth in the top-scorers chart, however, the cricketer said he isn’t thinking about getting selected in the national team.

I don’t know about the selectors. I have played enough cricket and I never have nor will think about selections because that’s not in my hands. I can only make runs and perform. In fact, no one should think about selection or non-selection.

Gautam Gambhir

Playing their first Ranji final in 10 years, Delhi take on first-time finalists Vidarbha in the summit clash of the domestic tournament, starting 29 December.

It was under then-skipper Gambhir that Delhi made the final of the Ranji Trophy in January 2008. That season, Gambhir played a key role with the bat. This year too, the left-hander was one of the reasons behind Delhi's rise.

"We reached the finals, so obviously the achievement is great. Hopefully we can go one step ahead and win it after 10 years which is going to be great," Gambhir told PTI.

"So far it's been decent. Obviously, when you get 600 plus runs it's good. The most important is that you have contributed in the games which are very crucial as well, whether it was the quarterfinal or the semi-final. As a senior player you have to be good in the crunch games and there is still one more game to go," he was quoted as saying about his own form.

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