India news May 27, 2011

I never put club before country - Gambhir

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Gautam Gambhir has rubbished claims he covered up a shoulder injury to play in the IPL, saying he did play with discomfort in his right shoulder but was never aware of the extent of the problem. Gambhir said he had felt the discomfort during the World Cup final but as it wasn't too painful he didn't think it was a major injury, and hence played the IPL, in which he captained Kolkata Knight Riders. Gambhir could now miss India's tour of the West Indies, where he was to captain the side during the limited-overs leg, but insists he never put his franchise before playing for India and would not have risked worsening his injury had he known its nature.

"Any modern cricketer knows that by feigning or risking injury he is only jeopardising his own career," Gambhir told the Hindustan Times. "It is imaginative to say I was covering my injury to play in the IPL. I played with discomfort without realising the gravity of my injury. As a leader, my team needed me, but to say I preferred club over country is ridiculous."

On Wednesday, Kolkata's team trainer Andrew Leipus wrote a letter to the BCCI saying Gambhir had complained of a sore shoulder when he arrived in Kolkata for the IPL and subsequent scans had shown a serious injury that would require four to six weeks to heal. The letter said Gambhir recalled landing on his arm during the World Cup final and feeling acute pain. Gambhir said he did not think it was a major injury at the time.

"I felt some discomfort during the World Cup final, while running between the wickets. It didn't seem major as it wasn't very painful at the time. Any professional cricketer, playing all three formats, will tell you that niggles are all part of the system."

Gambhir admitted he might have aggravated the injury during Kolkata's group-stage match against Mumbai on May 22 in Kolkata but he still didn't think it would be a problem. Asked why he played Kolkata's next game, a knockout match in Mumbai on Wednesday, despite Leipus having already written to the BCCI, he said he had not spoken to Leipus about the injury before the game.

"There was an instance during Sunday's clash against Mumbai Indians when I threw the ball from deep point and felt pain in my right shoulder. I thought it would be fine with a bit of icing or at most I thought I'd get a scan in Mumbai.

"I had an MRI in Mumbai and Leipus got the report. We didn't discuss it as I was preparing for Sunday's game, which was a knockout. It will be misleading to blame the BCCI, Andrew or the Kolkata management for this. I don't think anybody intended to cover up things here."

Gambhir defended his commitment to the national team saying that he had actually played through injuries when his country had needed it.

"I know how hard I have worked for my national cap and what it means to me. Not many people know that in 2008 I played the Ranji Trophy final against Uttar Pradesh with a swollen left hand. Earlier this year, I played the last Test of the South Africa series with an injured left hand. The swelling was so bad I could barely wear a glove. I am proud of the 93 and 64 I got on one of the most difficult pitches. It is embarrassing to publicise my commitment but I have no choice."

He also said missing out on leading India in the West Indies would be a huge setback. "I am so keen to lead the side that even during the breaks between IPL matches I'd discuss with Yusuf Pathan our strategy for conditions in the West Indies. Now let us see how it goes. I hear there will be a fitness test and only post that things will get decided."

Gambhir's opening partner Virender Sehwag also aggravated a pre-existing injury during the IPL and is likely to miss the Tests in the West Indies. The injuries have sparked a debate over the importance given to the IPL by the BCCI, players and franchises and whether players' involvement in the IPL puts them at risk of missing international fixtures.

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  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    @cricinfo editors -- I would appreciate if you changed the caption of picture from "Gautam Gambhir says he has played through injuries for India" to "Gautam Gambhir has played through injuries for India". Thats a fact and would at least give him some credit that is due.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    am sure after this year IPL there wont be more debate about players needing rest. and if playing for Club in IPL is more important that Country.

    Wouldnt it be advisable to have some restrictions in the number of matches a Senior Indian Player/Overseas players should play... say they can play a maximum of 10 out of 14 group matches. For Uncapped players there wont be a need for a limit.. this would mean the team management would have planning to do... and would make it more interesting. MORE Opportunities AS WELL for other players.

  • POSTED BY SangakaraFan on | May 27, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    " I never put club over country" Gambhir...BUT.."Surely I put IPL before country ANYTIMES" ... I am sure every player secretly wants that pie of IPL.

  • POSTED BY kanishkazico on | May 27, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    problem is IPL itself, firstly it is so long & strenous,it drains out indian international players & secondly the huge money it offers, much more than international cricket, that is why Indian international players are playing in IPL through injuries like sehwag, gambhir, yuvraj and other like Tendulakar, Dhoni and Zaheer they played whole of IPL and opting out from WI international tour! this is the not the first time IPL is hurting Indian international cricket, IPL2 and IPL3 made India crash out of follow up World T20 in early stages in 2009 and 2010. still no lessons learnt! this is real SHAME for indian cricket. the only remedy for this solution is to make IPL short 2 week competetion rather than 6-7 weeks and they should reduce the money offered in IPL to lower than what Indian international players make. that would help indian international players to choose country over club, unless that happens all real cricket lovers who love international cricket should boycott watching IPL

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Get well soon Gautam! Those who are criticizing you are just sitting in front of their computers and venting their anger while forgetting the important role you have played in India's cricket success. Nobody is blaming Sehwag who is said to have aggravated his shoulder pain during IPL as well...

  • POSTED BY rajarajan87 on | May 27, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Unnecessary media hype.. Media should question BCCI for resting sachin,dhoni etc for opting out of ODI series in WI when they are playing in IPL ..

  • POSTED BY Sankarasubramanian on | May 27, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Sankara subramanian - BCCI should realize about the hectic schedule... Should not blame the players .....

  • POSTED BY Sankarasubramanian on | May 27, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    At least Gambhir accepted to play for India against WI after IPL... But all other star players Dhoni, Sachin, Zaheer dont want to play for India......

  • POSTED BY rajarajan87 on | May 27, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    Media should not hype this sort of news unnecessarily.. No Indian player will play put their club before country.Injury is bound to happen for any player. It may happen even during net practice.Why did BCCI rest Dhoni,Sachin,Zaheer,Harbhajan etc who are fit and playing in IPL? Why only Gambhir is being accused now?

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Oh, that's right @Notredam. That's exactly how they won the CWC 2011, by putting IPL ahead of international matches.

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    @cricinfo editors -- I would appreciate if you changed the caption of picture from "Gautam Gambhir says he has played through injuries for India" to "Gautam Gambhir has played through injuries for India". Thats a fact and would at least give him some credit that is due.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    am sure after this year IPL there wont be more debate about players needing rest. and if playing for Club in IPL is more important that Country.

    Wouldnt it be advisable to have some restrictions in the number of matches a Senior Indian Player/Overseas players should play... say they can play a maximum of 10 out of 14 group matches. For Uncapped players there wont be a need for a limit.. this would mean the team management would have planning to do... and would make it more interesting. MORE Opportunities AS WELL for other players.

  • POSTED BY SangakaraFan on | May 27, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    " I never put club over country" Gambhir...BUT.."Surely I put IPL before country ANYTIMES" ... I am sure every player secretly wants that pie of IPL.

  • POSTED BY kanishkazico on | May 27, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    problem is IPL itself, firstly it is so long & strenous,it drains out indian international players & secondly the huge money it offers, much more than international cricket, that is why Indian international players are playing in IPL through injuries like sehwag, gambhir, yuvraj and other like Tendulakar, Dhoni and Zaheer they played whole of IPL and opting out from WI international tour! this is the not the first time IPL is hurting Indian international cricket, IPL2 and IPL3 made India crash out of follow up World T20 in early stages in 2009 and 2010. still no lessons learnt! this is real SHAME for indian cricket. the only remedy for this solution is to make IPL short 2 week competetion rather than 6-7 weeks and they should reduce the money offered in IPL to lower than what Indian international players make. that would help indian international players to choose country over club, unless that happens all real cricket lovers who love international cricket should boycott watching IPL

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Get well soon Gautam! Those who are criticizing you are just sitting in front of their computers and venting their anger while forgetting the important role you have played in India's cricket success. Nobody is blaming Sehwag who is said to have aggravated his shoulder pain during IPL as well...

  • POSTED BY rajarajan87 on | May 27, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Unnecessary media hype.. Media should question BCCI for resting sachin,dhoni etc for opting out of ODI series in WI when they are playing in IPL ..

  • POSTED BY Sankarasubramanian on | May 27, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Sankara subramanian - BCCI should realize about the hectic schedule... Should not blame the players .....

  • POSTED BY Sankarasubramanian on | May 27, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    At least Gambhir accepted to play for India against WI after IPL... But all other star players Dhoni, Sachin, Zaheer dont want to play for India......

  • POSTED BY rajarajan87 on | May 27, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    Media should not hype this sort of news unnecessarily.. No Indian player will play put their club before country.Injury is bound to happen for any player. It may happen even during net practice.Why did BCCI rest Dhoni,Sachin,Zaheer,Harbhajan etc who are fit and playing in IPL? Why only Gambhir is being accused now?

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Oh, that's right @Notredam. That's exactly how they won the CWC 2011, by putting IPL ahead of international matches.

  • POSTED BY HarishVS on | May 27, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Gambhir has been a great find as an opener for India after Sehwag. He has been successful in all three departments of the game and has contributed largely to many an Indian wins or drawing losing games. There should not be a single question on his commitment or hunger for success for himself as well as for the nation also. I think too many things have been said on these wonderful cricketers in the name of IPL. It is high time our fans are educated better how to enjoy the game and appreciate the cricketers like Gambhir. I am completely with this Gambhir and if he reads my comments I will be more happy. I wish him all the best and speedy recovery.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    I think Gambhir is right , every member of indian cricket team is playing in IPL while taking break from International tour. It's unfortunate for him that he got injured but it may happen to anybody so why gambhir is underfired..?Sehwag also played Whole IPL carrying shoulder injury until DD hopes for Play-offs vanished. BCCI is responsible for all this.....first you create luracative league and then making comment "no one is forced to play "...But if someone signed for whopping 11.4 Cr he is forced to play for franchise there is nothing wrong in it .

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    the cricketer who puts the national flag above BCCI logo cannot be greedy ........Get well soon gauti ....we have to teach the english a lesson this summer

  • POSTED BY Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on | May 27, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Guys, this is the next Indian captain across all formats. and he is the one who won the WC final for India. Please exercise some thought before commenting.

  • POSTED BY Notredam on | May 27, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    Jai Hind jai Dhoni...There are 3 who can get u anytime..Dhoni, Ghajini,,and Rajini,,,so beware of them buddies..

  • POSTED BY Ravraju on | May 27, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    This is not the indian army to question club vs. country. If that is the case, then everyone who is not picking up cricket as a career have picked private job or whatever against playing for the country in cricket. You should question a 10 year old why he is not playing cricket and try to play for country and instead daring to study and get good marks and become an engineer.

    Gambhir's fault is that he slogged his way to become a great cricketer and now we are thrashing him for allegedly choosing IPL vs country. This is nonsense

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    Ban IPL.....Thats all I can say...for me its loosing the charm cricket had...

  • POSTED BY meastrostroke on | May 27, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    If ths indian team dont win the series ppl will think that raina is not a good captaincy material.......

  • POSTED BY hemanthrajdhoni on | May 27, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    yes this is what i wanted. thannk god he is injured, a defensive player

  • POSTED BY vish2020 on | May 27, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    Stop bashing Gauti!!! Always remember how Gauti played during the World Cup Final!!!!! Get well Gauti...WE GOT YOUR BACK BRO!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    Do you think Gambhir would command the kind of money he was bid for for IPL4 if he had not played, and shone, for India, not only in World cup, but all through his career? It is ridiculous to even think in those terms. It is only MEDIA which is CORRUPTING people's mind for their ulterior motives of getting some sensational story.

  • POSTED BY Chetan007 on | May 27, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    Get well soon gauti. Better to give shikhar dhawan an another chance to prove his worth. Anyhow he has got only one chance. He is a quality player. And please selectors don't select murli vijay. He has got the most oppurtunity than any other indian player. Move forward. Moreover i don't understand why sourabh tiwary is being ignored this time. He was in the team b4 world cup and neglected in wc due to less experience. In ipl he was geting a chance to play at no.7 that to when only 2 or 3 overs were left except 1 match. Selectors should see through all sides b4 selecting or neglecting a player. Good luck INDIA.

  • POSTED BY klobania on | May 27, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    yeah its usual nowadays as players preferring to play club cricket over country really for them money comes first

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    He is one of the topmost players..! And one of the greatly respected ones too.. A sincere request to the BCCI and the Media. Stop criticizing him.He deserves to be applauded as a Hero. U rock Gambhir

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Dear friends, Please dont forget the great innings played by Gambhir in World cup 2011 final. Gambhir is a team player,he never bothers about centuries,he thinks only about nation. So we have to support a PLAYER like Gambhir during his injury.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    Its easier to blame individuals like Ghambir and call them greedy despite what he has done. How come the media does not try to expose the BCCI which is the real culprit and one of th most greedy entities out there. Just because its an organization and its difficult to blame them does not mean they should be allowed to operate the way they do.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    he played through pain in the wc final.his scor of 97 heped india win.WE ALL KNOW THAT INDIAN CRICKETERS PUT COUNTRY BEFORE CLUB.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    Its media... Something has to get out of them... keep it up Gauti.. You have to run long to keep us top in test and ODI.

    I know what it feels when hard workers are being hidden after success just because of some Big names and faces.

  • POSTED BY PremZtalks on | May 27, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    Tough or near impossible to neglect this MEDIA factor!!! But to me players should take it by their stride and move on instead of explaining facts to media or people. After all we are human beings!!! IN REALITY, Playing cricket for INDIA is playing for another huge franchise thats called BCCI.!!!

  • POSTED BY rahulcricindia on | May 27, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    ohh gosh how can a player risk his injury for the sakeof mere ipl gambhir should remember he got 11 crores because of his international performances if he was injured he should have left this ipl and join the next years ....what if the injury would have become so serious that he could not be able to play for a year or two....thats very much uncalled for...

  • POSTED BY harekrishnaom on | May 27, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Abhinav Mukund should get a look into...

  • POSTED BY rahulcricindia on | May 27, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    i do not know why andrew lepus gave the report only after kkr lost to mumbai and got eliminated why not earlier before the match as the MRI is being done earlier and report was also submitted earlier ...this was all part of the plan i am sure if kkr would have won the match against mumbai then submission of report would have been delayed..i am very sure .....extremely selfish kkr management i would always hate kkr and that shahrukh khan hope they never will ipl in their life andi am extremely disappointed with gambhir with his extremely careless attitude ...how can a player do not about the extent of his injury and now when the national duty is comming he realized his injury...what a pitty..

  • POSTED BY srprev on | May 27, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    It seems everyone was looking on BCCI chair person Srinivasan's decision. The big joke is CSK franchise is owned by srinivasan.. so its obvious what will the kind of action taken against players who hide the injuries for the sake of money. Nothing serious is going to happen. As a true Indian fan i just wish someone who replaces gambhir should really play well and make players like this earn for their spot... Players shouldn't be given option of selecting and skipping series.. Its like Insulting WI cricket now by saying we wil skip WI series but will be fit for england series.. Surely gambhir shouldn't be selected for England series and must be asked to prove his fitness and play one season of Ranji trophy and come back to Indian team... a nice lesson for any player... and KKR can't be blamed they spend money they will doo all kind of things to get the money back in all ways of revenue...

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    L0ok wh0 is saying this (bcci). it seems lyk bCci has n0w becAme a c0rp0rate 0rganisati0n. In last few years m0st of the seri0us players had suffered 4m injury bc0z of the hectic shedule..

  • POSTED BY elminzo on | May 27, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    After the world cup it was only natural that the Indian players should have been given at least a month's rest. I have a feeling that the rich franchise owners are pressuring the big players to play in the ipl, and BCCI could not do anything about it. Why is it that Indian players are playing in the ipl but not going on the WI tour? Is it not a case of club over country?

  • POSTED BY Runster1 on | May 27, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    Gambhir, we all knw that you put club in front your country. You have let down both your country and the supporters for gambling with your injury just for some IPL cash.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    Get well soon Gauti....M.Vijay could be a useful replacement....

  • POSTED BY IndianNeo on | May 27, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    We shouldn't care even if he put KKR before country, he has done the most important job of his life for his country on 2nd April 2011.

  • POSTED BY nskaile on | May 27, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Yeh lets treat this man like trash now. a man who won you the world cup. came in when 2 most wickets were gone and eveone thought indian's dream to win the cup is over. lets all bash him fo this and forget how he played through most painful time during final test against saf. lets forget about his goddamm good batting against NZ when india needed it most. noone remember those bad injuries and pain he went through when india needed him and he stood up fo it. lets bash him and kick him out of indian team. A MAN WHO SAID IN A INTERVIEW AFTER WC WIN THT HES NOT THE REAL HERO, REAL HEROS ARE OUR INDIAN SOLDIERS AND THIS WC IS FOR THEM.

    LEGEND IN THE MAKING!!!!

  • POSTED BY santoshyd on | May 27, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    I take Gambhir's word for it. Also it is up to the players to weigh the options they have and amount of risk (injury risk) they would like to take... Every top international player takes injury-risk almost through out their career.

  • POSTED BY prabhakardanda on | May 27, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    i dont know y people r not criticizing BCCI for this Gambhir issue...players cant do much abt IPL schedule....these injuries r mainly bcoz of heavy schedule.....but one should accept that injuries r part of game....

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    Ghambir is certainly a very high quality player and a proven match winner, but india can replace him with someone else who i'm sure can filll his shoes fairly well. India lacks back up openers other then murali vijay, he is good overall, but is below his best form at the moment. One of the middle order will have to open (as india has no specialist opener now for either slot) Badrinath and rohit sharma can open, virat kohli would also quit opening BUT seeing as he is established in the team he should be able to be at his preffered number 3 spot. Parthiv patel will open if he plays, but saha is also around so patel may not play. Id rather see a make shift opener introduced rather then murali vijay, just for ODI's and t20's. In tests i think murali vijay is good player, good temperament and technique.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    BCCI must be feeling the pain of the other boards, sehwag now gambhir whos is the next indian cricketer to put the club in front of his country like maling for SL and Gayl for WI

  • POSTED BY idmjothi on | May 27, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    Recently in a local interview Arjuna Ranatunga said that, Cricket has become a sport like football. Throughout cricketers play for clubs and play for the country only for world cups. But its not a bad comment...........

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Get well soon Gauti...the next IPL will be soon here..u get more money playing for the club than for ur country...so its ok..take rest and get ready for the next IPL.

  • POSTED BY Notredam on | May 27, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    We all knw..all indians cricketers..put country before...IPL..oh,,is it april 01...sorry..

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    Why cant the players be honest? If KKR was more appealing than WI tour, i would not disagree. The only difference between Gayle and Gambhir is that he is honest and making no claims about selecting the country over his club.

  • POSTED BY nauman421 on | May 27, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    Any modern cricketer would prefer to go for proper check up, rather than imagining that it is just a niggle and ice would do.....IPL season is getting over, injury season is coming back. Sangakkara and AB deVilliers were fine wicket keeping in IPL, lets see what excuse they make in country matches.

  • POSTED BY prabup on | May 27, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    Come on guys. Injuries are common for any sports person. Taking Responsibility is more important than just throeing it away. anybody things that BCCI have given enough rest to players before any tournament ? We should also treat players as a human beings and they are not machines to work 24X7. Before the team selection to WI, players are requested for Rest, But nobody cares about that. More or less we are not short on talents and there is no need of only certain group of players contribute all the time. If gambir hide his injury and played with WI without any great performance and opted for rest than it is a mistake. If they want to hide anything they will not share or disclosed the problem in detail. Try to accept the truth.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    doesnt matter ... he delivered in world cup final.. he has right to play what he likes..nobody can q him..

  • POSTED BY shailendra.raghuwanshi on | May 27, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    I thought Gambhir is right, and if he is wrong then his teammates(MS,Zak,Sachin,Sehwag etc) also preffering to play for club, they are taking break from International tour But playing IPL so why can't he...?. Sehwag Played Whole ipl with Shoulder injury ...it's good that DD crashed so he got his treatment at right time ...BCCI is responsible for that first they create luracative league and then making statement like "who are forcing player to play IPL ..." everybody want to earn money ..and if somebody payed 11.4 Cr(highest amount). he is bound to play for franchise ...it's not wrong anyway ..

  • POSTED BY san_indus on | May 27, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    Honestly don't understand the fuss around Gauti. There are a bunch of other "SENIOR" cricketers who have played in the IPL but are taking "REST" from the WI tour. Nothing has been said about them.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    good decision rest all senior players ,gambhir is also a senior player ,try the bench power ,wi is weak team ,they will lose also to this young indian team

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    @sohaibahmad- haha ur comments reflects frustration tht pakistani players dont get to play in ipl... grow up... there are a few more dedicated cricketers than gambhir... he's a true countrymen.. and likes to play his game hard.. get well soon gauti... we believe u

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    Some of them not performing well eventhough they paid well and keen well fit. On other case some of them performing well and identifying their failures and injuries delibrately. This is people problems. Always blaming some for their failures.

  • POSTED BY gkg1 on | May 27, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    I agree with Gambhir, he played an awesome innings in the finals too..he has shown that over the years..ppl can crap about him...but by the way isnt dhoni rested too...??

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    No idea who's righat and who's wrong. But he showed tact in handling the situation in the interview. He didn't condemn anybody. Just explained his point of view.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    al r criticizing ipl about money but with out star players ipl is a big fail

  • POSTED BY corporaterock on | May 27, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    This is what Indian media can do. Gambhir did nothing wrong other than getting injured. They've isolated the only guy they can target. Sehwag did the same thing but never even got mentioned. The same applies to Dhoni, Tendulkar, Zak who could have easily taken their rest during the IPL and got into the national XI. Poor Gambhir.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    every person aspiring to play for India has to slog hard,and while slogging,there is always the likelihood of getting injured while playing,be it in IPL,or any other format.I am on gambhir's side,as he has always given his best for india whenever required

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    gautam gambhir is one of the most determined cricketers in the indian side he will never put club ahead of country he has really worked very hard for the indian cap

  • POSTED BY stevejohnson1010 on | May 27, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    I could see IND losing both ODI and test series to WI, I am not convinced in first place as to why Tendulkar and Zaheer require rest? Both have not missed a single IPL match nor they are injured. Then why rest is required? As few of the key members are injured, it is high time for them to take initiative and declare themselves available for ODI matches as well. We criticize the inexperience in WI team, how about IND blokes? Would they be able to win a single match on this trip with a bunch of inconsistent performers?

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    Please stop doubting Gauti's Commitment and Loyalty to the National team...is this the way u treat a player ???? do u forget his contributions to make India the World Champions ??? let the BCCI to make a decision...why the Media is scratching their heads ???

  • POSTED BY donda on | May 27, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    Sehwag and Ghambir and many other players thinks that we all are fools. Before the last match of IPL both decided to tell every body that they are injured. It is not coincident and not fault of a player. Its management pressure to captain the team in IPL and thats why the did keep on playing. No body is accusing players, its bad management by IPL franchise and culture. They still are not that professional. Need to improve IPL management process. Sad ..........

  • POSTED BY Reaper on | May 27, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    Gambhir will be a unsung hero all the time. Just like the way VVS has been treated his whole career.

    Both WC's india won Gambhir made vital contributions. 2007 WC final 75 run highest score in the game. And Irfan get M.O.M

    2011 WC final 97 but Dhoni get M.O.M.

    I hardly saw anything written about him in the papers. However when he gets paid 2.4M for the IPL it somehow becomes a problem. Remember Media people his club paid for him. He does not set the price.

    Furthermore injuries are a part of life, and like he says , if a player is carrying a injury and enters the field he is putting his own career at risk.

    What is more important playing a WC final or a tour to the WI? So what if he plays the IPL he is getting paid on his own talent.

    And i dont see this full hoopla about missing a tour to the W.I. It is the best opportunity to test our bench strenght. I honestly dont even consider W.I a int team. With the kind of talent we have even a B string side can beat thee

  • POSTED BY CrackerDaddy on | May 27, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    2.1 Mill USD...I would go through a littlebit of pain for a few jokers version of cricket (ipl), especially if one would be dumb enough to pay someone...

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    so complete depleted side for the Indians in first leg of the West Indies tour in the absence of Sehwag, Gambhir, Tendulkar, Dhoni & Zaheer..

  • POSTED BY schathuranga on | May 27, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    Get well soon gautam..Sri lankans like brave cricketers.

  • POSTED BY sohaibahmad on | May 27, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    always the same comments from the cricketer, didnt know that the injury was serious, of course after finished the circus (IPL), he comes to know, they should join politics...

  • POSTED BY MarkBobbyChandy on | May 27, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    Go Gambhir Go. We all are your back.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    I take Gambhir's word for it. He did have to work ridiculously hard to earn the India cap and he's a pretty tough guy!

  • POSTED BY vswami on | May 27, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    IPL and playing for India are equally important. Where is the question of club versus country. Any player can get injured playing IPL , everyone will need to accept that. I detect just money envy in the whole discussion.

  • POSTED BY Wacco on | May 27, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    IPL is BCCI's baby and the owner of KKR has paid top dollars for Gambhir for service in the tournament. So, country vs club debate doesn't arise. Gambhir was not paid for sitting out matches. So in crunch matches KKR cannot afford to leave out Gambhir. Even 50% fit Gamhir is good for his team. It is hard to believe that half fit Messi will be allowed to sit out matches for Bercelona to enable him to play for Argentina games! There are umpteen examples in football where players got injured in club matches and could not represent in all important World Cups. Unfortunately and unnecessarily, Gambhir issue is getting (totally media driven) same importance as corruption and food grain storage issues in our country. It's a pity that we have all forgotten that without Gambhir's innings in the final, India wouldn't have won the world cup. We are a young country and we need to go a long way to grow up.

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  • POSTED BY Wacco on | May 27, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    IPL is BCCI's baby and the owner of KKR has paid top dollars for Gambhir for service in the tournament. So, country vs club debate doesn't arise. Gambhir was not paid for sitting out matches. So in crunch matches KKR cannot afford to leave out Gambhir. Even 50% fit Gamhir is good for his team. It is hard to believe that half fit Messi will be allowed to sit out matches for Bercelona to enable him to play for Argentina games! There are umpteen examples in football where players got injured in club matches and could not represent in all important World Cups. Unfortunately and unnecessarily, Gambhir issue is getting (totally media driven) same importance as corruption and food grain storage issues in our country. It's a pity that we have all forgotten that without Gambhir's innings in the final, India wouldn't have won the world cup. We are a young country and we need to go a long way to grow up.

  • POSTED BY vswami on | May 27, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    IPL and playing for India are equally important. Where is the question of club versus country. Any player can get injured playing IPL , everyone will need to accept that. I detect just money envy in the whole discussion.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    I take Gambhir's word for it. He did have to work ridiculously hard to earn the India cap and he's a pretty tough guy!

  • POSTED BY MarkBobbyChandy on | May 27, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    Go Gambhir Go. We all are your back.

  • POSTED BY sohaibahmad on | May 27, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    always the same comments from the cricketer, didnt know that the injury was serious, of course after finished the circus (IPL), he comes to know, they should join politics...

  • POSTED BY schathuranga on | May 27, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    Get well soon gautam..Sri lankans like brave cricketers.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    so complete depleted side for the Indians in first leg of the West Indies tour in the absence of Sehwag, Gambhir, Tendulkar, Dhoni & Zaheer..

  • POSTED BY CrackerDaddy on | May 27, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    2.1 Mill USD...I would go through a littlebit of pain for a few jokers version of cricket (ipl), especially if one would be dumb enough to pay someone...

  • POSTED BY Reaper on | May 27, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    Gambhir will be a unsung hero all the time. Just like the way VVS has been treated his whole career.

    Both WC's india won Gambhir made vital contributions. 2007 WC final 75 run highest score in the game. And Irfan get M.O.M

    2011 WC final 97 but Dhoni get M.O.M.

    I hardly saw anything written about him in the papers. However when he gets paid 2.4M for the IPL it somehow becomes a problem. Remember Media people his club paid for him. He does not set the price.

    Furthermore injuries are a part of life, and like he says , if a player is carrying a injury and enters the field he is putting his own career at risk.

    What is more important playing a WC final or a tour to the WI? So what if he plays the IPL he is getting paid on his own talent.

    And i dont see this full hoopla about missing a tour to the W.I. It is the best opportunity to test our bench strenght. I honestly dont even consider W.I a int team. With the kind of talent we have even a B string side can beat thee

  • POSTED BY donda on | May 27, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    Sehwag and Ghambir and many other players thinks that we all are fools. Before the last match of IPL both decided to tell every body that they are injured. It is not coincident and not fault of a player. Its management pressure to captain the team in IPL and thats why the did keep on playing. No body is accusing players, its bad management by IPL franchise and culture. They still are not that professional. Need to improve IPL management process. Sad ..........