Gambhir recently fired shots at the talismanic scorer, urging the former Indian captain to score runs for the team and not for individual records. Speaking ahead of the warm-up game against Australia on Star Sports, the cricketer-turned-politician stated:
“Make runs that help Indian win the wc, don’t concentrate on individual records.”
The comments didn’t go well with many Indian fans who slammed Gambhir on Twitter. While a few stated that the former cricketer is jealous of Kohli, others highlighted his batting records in T20 World Cups.
Here are some of the reactions:
One fan asked:
Virat Kohli scores 19 runs in the warm-up game against Australia
India are currently playing against defending champions Australia in the warm-up game at the Gabba in Brisbane.
KL Rahul gave the tourists a brisk start after Aussie skipper Aaron Finch put the Men in Blue to bat first. India added 78 runs for the first wicket in just 7.3 overs before Australia staged a comeback with two quick wickets.
Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav added 42 runs for the third wicket before the former holed out to Mitchell Marsh in the deep square leg region. The former Indian captain managed to score 19 off 13 balls, including a boundary and a six each.
Suryakumar (50 off 33) provided a late flourish as India posted 186/7 in their 20 overs. Kane Richardson was the pick for the Australian bowlers, returning with figures of 4/30.
In response, Australia have got off to a flying start thanks to their captain. At the time of writing, the home side were at 94/1 after 10 overs, with Finch going strong at 41 off 32 balls. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was India’s lone wicket-taker.