In a high-stakes showdown during the Legends League Cricket (LLC 2023) Eliminator game, Gautam Gambhir's exceptional batting performance propelled the India Capitals to a 12-run victory over the Gujarat Giants. This win helped them secure their spot in the second qualifier. However, Gambhir's on-field prowess was overshadowed by a heated altercation with S. Sreesanth, prompting the latter to make startling allegations against the former Indian opener.
Led by Gambhir's commanding half-century Capitals posted a formidable total of 223/7 in 20 overs. However, the game witnessed an intense exchange of words between the two former Indian players. Gambhir, displaying his batting brilliance, dispatched consecutive deliveries from Sreesanth for a six and a four in the second over. In response, Sreesanth delivered a wide ball, leading to a fiery verbal exchange between the two players.
"He fights with everyone," remarked Sreesanth after the game, shedding light on Gambhir's on-field demeanour. However, the real bombshell came later in a video statement released by Sreesanth after the match. "I just wanted to clear some air on what happened with Mr Fighter, who always fights with all his colleagues for no reason whatsoever," asserted Sreesanth.
Watch Sreesanth’s video message:
"He doesn’t even respect his senior players, including Viru Bhai and a lot of other people. That’s exactly what happened today. Without any provocation, he just kept on calling me—something that is very rude and something that should not have been said by Mr Gautam Gambhir."
“I am not at all at fault," clarifies S. Sreesanth
Sreesanth emphatically denied instigating Gambhir, highlighting that the former opener's behaviour was unacceptable on the cricket field. The video aimed to provide clarity on the incident and hinted at unspecified remarks made by Gambhir during the game.
"So, I just want to tell you all that I am not at all at fault. Sooner or later, you’ll get to know what Gauti has done. The words he used and the things he said on a cricket field live are not acceptable," concluded Sreesanth, leaving fans and cricket enthusiasts eagerly awaiting further developments in this unexpected off-field drama.
As the LLC 2023 tournament progresses, the spotlight now shifts from the intense on-field action to the brewing controversy surrounding Gambhir and Sreesanth's clash, adding an unexpected layer of drama to the cricketing spectacle.