Gautam Gambhir snapped Manoj Tiwary’s claim of racism
Gautam Gambhir has snapped Manoj Tiwary’s claim of him dragging former India skipper Sourav Ganguly’s name during their on-field fracas in the Ranji Trophy fixture between Delhi and Bengal on Saturday at Feroze Shah Kotla ground, Delhi.
On Sunday, Manoj Tiwary claimed that Gautam Gambhir made a racist remark about Bengali community and Sourav Ganguly. But Gambhir hit back at Manoj’s claim by a statement on Sunday.
Excerpts from his statement:
On Sunday, Manoj Tiwary stooped to a new low by claiming that I made racist remarks about Bengali community and my favourite India captain and one of the best cricketers I have played under, Mr Sourav Ganguly, whom I fondly call Dada. Let me categorically state here that these allegations are baseless and Tiwary’s way of sensationalising things through his figment of the imagination. First of all, I am a proud Indian who respects all religions, communities and sexes. Then, ever since I have had the honour of leading Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, I have been humbled by the love and affection showered on my team and me by Bengali community. I have said in numerous interviews that Bengal is my second home and the support of the fans is the biggest X factor for KKR. I can’t thank them enough for helping us win IPL title twice.
Dada taught India to play the aggressive brand of cricket and modelled the team to win outside India. His contribution to Indian cricket is unparalleled. Personally, I made my India debut under Dadas leadership and can never forget the way he eased me into the team dressing room. Besides, I have picked up a lot of things from Dadas leadership ways and put them in practice for KKR. It is unfortunate that Dadas name was dragged in by Tiwary, perhaps to gain cheap publicity.
Media reports also attributed Tiwary claiming that I was fined 70 per cent and him 40 as I was the prime offender. This is far from truth. I was fined more because this was my second offence in consecutive games (I was fined 10 per cent for showing dissent against umpires decision in the last game against Haryana). It had nothing to do with the nature of the offence, something that can be verified by the BCCI match referee.
I’d also like to question why didn’t Tiwary bring this up yesterday? In the end, I’d like to wish sanity in life for Tiwary and being his senior would like to advise that he should concentrate on his game rather than making sensational claims.