Indian opening batsman Gautam Gambhir has been accused of threatening former Indian cricketer and Delhi and District Cricket Association(DDCA) pitch curator Venkat Sundaram with the bat following a heated argument over the nature of the Kotla wicket, reports.
“I was routinely passing on instructions to my ground staff when suddenly Gautam [Gambhir] intervened and asked my staff to not follow any of my orders,” Sundaram told the newspaper. “He shouted at me … ‘You go and give interviews to newspapers. Don’t interfere here.’ I would have forgiven and not reported this incident to DDCA top officials had he not raised his bat at me in anger.”
Gambhir responded to the allegations in an official statement : ”I can categorically tell you that there is no truth in this. Yes, I did meet him on Monday at Kotla but there was no heated argument at all. Being the well-wisher of Delhi cricket, my only suggestion to Venkat Sundaram was to give us a wicket that suits the Delhi team.”
Gambhir, who has been known for advising the Eden Gardens pitch curator to prepare a spin-friendly wicket, denied any such heated argument : “Yes, we have differences of opinion when it comes to the nature of pitch but to say that I abused him is a piece of fiction. Even some time back he accused me in the media of interfering in his job as a curator. Being the captain of the Delhi team, I have enough things to worry about and Venkat is the last person on my mind.”
This is not the first time that a captain has been embroiled in an argument with the pitch curator. Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly had a heated argument with the pitch curator of Nagpur before a test match against Australia in 2004, following which Sourav decided to boycott the game.
A groundsmen at the FerozeShah Kotla confirmed the story : ”Captain asked us not to water the pitch, which Venkatji was asking us to do. A huge quarrel followed between the two in English that I was not able to understand.”
Sundaram has lodged an official complaint to the DDCA top brass and has threatened to take it up to the BCCI if the DDCA disciplinary committee fails to take action in the next couple of days.
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