Gautam Gambhir has been in the news recently after reports emerged that he had a major falling out with Delhi coach Bhaskar Pillai and that he verbally abused him after the incident. Gambhir has now spoken on the issue and has denied that he ever abused Pillai, though he did confirm that he and the coach had a falling out.
Speaking to NDTV, Gambhir denied Pillai’s claim that he had abused him. Gambhir said:
“These things should not have come out. A lot of things happen in the dressing room and they should stay in the dressing room because it is a sacred and confidential place. There are a lot of happy moments, there are a lot of frustrating and sad moments as well. Whatever claims he (Pillai) has put in media are absolutely wrong. I know what to talk and where to draw the line. There was no use of abusive language.”
He further revealed the details of the incidents.
“Lot of incidents have happened since Pillai took over. For the last few years, we have been trying to make the players feel secure about their place in the side. Delhi cricket makes you insecure and there is not much support from the association either. Vijay Dahiya and I wanted to stick to a bunch of boys and groom them. But look at the way Unmukt (Chand) was dropped. Milind Kumar and Navdeep Saini, who have done reasonably well, have been made to feel insecure by the coach. I am not against dropping players but have to tell them the reason.”
Gambhir also said that he was never given the reason as to why he was stripped of the Delhi captaincy.
“I do not know, neither do I care about that. I was never interested in captaining. The only reason I wanted to be there was to groom this young bunch of boys and make them feel secure. I knew if I left these people will make the youngsters their target, pick and drop them at their will.”
Finally, Gambhir divulged that he had many arguments with the selectors in the past.
” That is always the case in Delhi cricket and that is why I have had so many arguments even in the past. I have never had arguments with any administrator but selectors, including Chetan Chauhan.”
This issue seems highly unlikely to die down anytime soon.