Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir ignited the hypocricy debate when he appeared on a post match analysis show on a sports channel following the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup 2019’s biggest clash – that of India and Pakistan. India beat Pakistan by 89 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in the World Cup clash on Sunday.
As the rivals faced off each other at Old Trafford, Gambhir posted a promotional tweet for CricPlay app. “Here comes the biggest battle we all look out for,” he wrote. “Play 'Star Contest' with me for #INDvsPAK match on @CricPlay. Let's see if you can score more than me, follow the @CricPlay page, download the App & create your team now! #CricPlay #FantasyCricket #StarContest #AbIndiaKhelega”
As if adding insult to injury, the Delhi-born sportsman appeared on Star Sports Channel as part of a panel to analyse the India vs Pakistan match. Gambhir’s ‘excitement’ for the clash did raised eyebrows as fans reminded him of his stance over the world cup match. Only three months ago, the ex-cricketer was pushing for India to forfeit the game. He told reporters at an event in Delhi “either you don’t play them [Pakistan] anywhere or open doors for them. What happened in Pulwama is absolutely not acceptable.”
“I am sure it’s going to be difficult to boycott Pakistan in the World Cup but they are not playing them in bilateral. The best they can do is to stop playing in Asia Cup as well, that’s what I believe,” he added.
Gambhir went on to join Narendra Modi-led rightwing Bharatya Janata Party and contested the general elections in India. He was elected from East Delhi and took oath as MP in the Lok Sabha on June 17.
Here are some of the tweets refreshing Gambhir’s memory:
Ghar se nikalte hi...— Karthik (@beastoftraal) June 16, 2019
Kuch door chalte hi... pic.twitter.com/uStx8MIcmH
“Political Gambhir vs Cricketer Gambhi.”
Gambhir was calling for boycott of Pak after Pulwama, today he's cheering for #IndiaVsPakistan match.— IRONY MAN (@karanku100) June 16, 2019
Sehwag suggested to boycott WC, today he's brand ambsdr of Ind-Pak match.
Zee News bashed Sidhu whn he went Pak ,today they hv invited Pak guests to discuss match.
“So Gautam Gambhir is doing commentary and making money out of a match he is opposing,” wrote a user.
So Gautam Gambhir is doing commentary and making money out of a match he is opposing.— Sumit Kashyap (@sumitkashyapjha) June 16, 2019
“Hypocrisy is not a Gambhir matter,” wrote another.
Hypocrisy is not a Gambhir matter pic.twitter.com/pwjnCweydx— Shivam Vij (@DilliDurAst) June 16, 2019
“Gambhir preach what you practice atleast,” the former cricketer was told.
Gambhir is in the perfect mould of a Indian politicians. He grabs attention by something to instigate the nationalist feelings then goes and makes money doing analysis of the very same match he wanted India to forfeit.— Dweepayan Mishra (@dmmishra96) June 17, 2019
Gambhir preach what you practice atleast. pic.twitter.com/w4Hwrcj5s8