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This is what Gautam Gambhir had to say over 'so called' rivalry with MS Dhoni

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New Delhi, Dec 14: Veteran India cricketer Gautam Gambhir has hailed India's limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a fantastic player and a human being.

In a Facebook interation with fans and answering to their questions, the southpaw talked at length where he defended his aggressive on-field nature and the rumours of his rift with MS Dhoni.

Had difference of opinions with 'fantastic human being' MS Dhoni, but no rivalry: Gautam Gambhir

Quashing such theories, Gambhir said, "There's no rivalry between me and Dhoni. I feel whenever we've played for India, irrespective of the differences of opinions we've had, the ultimate aim to make has been to try and make the country proud and try and help our country win."

Gambhir admitted to having difference in opinions with the Indian skipper, which he felt is a natural because they are two different individualities.

"There are bound be differences in opinion, that happens in any sphere of life, if you are in a group, be it in a family or anywhere else, but until the time your goal is to make your country, I don't think there will ever be any differences. I think he's (Dhoni) a fantastic player, a fantastic human being.

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Gambhir added that the two share the best moments of their life together i.e. winning the World T20 2007 and World Cup 2011 and No. 1 rankings in Test.

"We've had our best moments of our life together, whether it's winning the World T20 in 2007 or the World Cup in 2011, being No 1 Test side in the world. Our ambition and our goal has always been the same," Gambhir added further.

Gambhir played an important role in the final of World T20 2007 and World Cup 2011 to help India lift the ICC trophies. Also, when India became No. 1 in Tests in 2009, Gambhir was a regular opener and an integral part of the side.

Gambhir recently made a comeback into the Indian Test squad after a gap of two years but he was relieved from the squad after regular KL Rahul got fit.

Gambhir hasn't yet lost his hope and still vies for making it to the Indian side.

Talking further in the Facebook conversation, Gambhir said he hopes people remember his match winning 97-run-knock against Sri Lanka in the 2011 World Cup final.

"It was disappointing to miss the 100 in the final, but I hope that this country which is more obsessed with 100 could remember the 97 and the fact that we won the match and trophy. No one remembers that Mahela Jayawardene scored 100, I am more than happy with the 97 as it contributed to the victory of the team," Gambhir said.

Talking about the next IPL season the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper said he is looking forward to the season.

"I am very excited as it is a great opportunity for me and KKR, as if we win we can be the first side to win the league thrice," Gambhir added.

OneIndia News

Story first published: Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 11:01 [IST]
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