Did Gambhir snub MS Dhoni after Vijay Hazare match?

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A video that is doing the rounds of social media shows India discard Gautam Gambhir allegedly snubbing ODI cricket captain MS Dhoni after a match in the ongoing Vijay Hazare trophy. Some news outlets took queue from the Youtube video uploaded by an individual and published news stories peppering it with instances of reported past animosities between Gambhir and Dhoni. A furious Gautam Gambhir has blasted the media over the reports and for publishing stories without verifying ‘facts’.

What the video shows

Jharkhand and Delhi clashed in the quarterfinal of the Vijay Hazare trophy – India’s premier domestic One-Day cricket tournament. Chasing 225, Jharkhand team was all out for just 126 runs with MS Dhoni still at the non-striker’s end having scored an unbeaten 70. Dhoni shook hands with opposition players at the end of the game as is customary after cricket matches. Other Delhi players courteously shook hands with Dhoni but when the latter reaches near Delhi skipper Gautam Gambhir, the southpaw walks away ignoring India’s limited-over captain. Gambhir is seen looking the other way and shaking hands with his own team members when Dhoni almost extends his hand for a handshake.

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What Gambhir says

Gautam Gambhir lambasted the media for the reports and shared photographs on his official Twitter handle of him shaking hands with MS Dhoni after the quarterfinal match. He even advised media houses to verify facts before publishing them.

 

Gambhir has been out of the national squad for quite some time. He last played an ODI for India in January 2013. There have been one or two instances of differences with skipper MS Dhoni during Gambhir’s days in the Indian cricket team.

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5th ODI: South Africa beat India by 214 runs at Wankhede, win series

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South Africa won their first ODI series in India after defeating the hosts by 214 runs in the 5th and final match at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium today. It was evident right from the first over of the game that the Proteas were playing to win the title. They put up a mammoth total of 438 runs for the loss of 4 wickets making the Indian bowling attack look lackluster after captain A. B. de Villiers won the toss and decided to bat first.

South Africa’s score of 438 runs is the joint third highest total ever scored in a One Day match. As many as 3 Proteas batsmen – Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers – scored tons. This was only the second time in a One Day match that a team had 3 players scoring hundred runs.

Ab de Villiers’ 119 came off just 61 balls. Quinton de Kock faced 87 balls to score 109 runs and Faf du Plessis’ 133 came off just 115 deliveries before he was retired hurt. The two Indian seamers Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Mohit Sharma gave away 106 and 84 (7 overs) runs. Indian fielders dropped at least 4 catches at a time when the South African batsmen were unstoppable.

None of the Indian batsmen barring Ajinkya Rahane responded to the huge challenge posed by the visitors. Rahane scored 87 in 58 balls but the team needed many such performances.

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MS Dhoni retires from Test cricket after India lose Australia series

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MS Dhoni retired from Test cricket Tuesday after the third Test against Australia ended in a draw in Melbourne. Virat Kohli will lead the Indian team as captain in the final Test match against Australia in Sydney. India have already lost the four match Test series.

The announcement came as a surprise to cricket fans as Dhoni made no mention of his decision during the match or at the post match press conference. It was only after the PC that the Board of Control for Cricket in India sent a press release revealing Dhoni’s decision.

The release cited “strain of playing all formats of cricket” as the reason behind Dhoni’s sudden decision.

The press release stated: “One of India’s greatest Test captains under whose leadership India became the No. 1 team in the test rankings, MS Dhoni, has decided to retire from Test cricket citing the strain of playing all formats of cricket,” the board said. “BCCI, while respecting the decision of MS Dhoni to retire from Test cricket, wishes to thank him for his enormous contribution to Test cricket and the laurels that he has brought to India. Virat Kohli will be the captain of the Indian team for the fourth and final Test against Australia to be played in Sydney.”

Soon after the announcement, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar tweeted, “Well done on a wonderful career in test cricket @msdhoni. Always enjoyed playing together. Next target 2015 WC my friend!!”

Although 2014 has not been a very fruitful year for MS Dhoni – he averaged 33 in 17 innings this year and suffered from fitness issues – MS has been the most successful captain of the Indian cricket team. India have won 27 Tests out of 60 under Dhoni’s captaincy and enjoyed No 1 Test ranking position from 2009 till the tour of England in 2011. Dhoni has scored most runs (3454) than other India captains, holds the record of highest individual score (224) by an Indian skipper or wicket-keeper, most dismissals and catches by an Indian wicket-keeper.

Dhoni has also played more number of matches than any other cricketer since 2008 after he took over as captain of Team India. He not only led the Men in Blue in all three formats of cricket but also the Chennai Super Kings IPL franchise and played in the Champions League T20. The former captain has played whopping 398 matches since the start of 2008.

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