Not the one to shy away from speaking his mind out, recently retired cricketing superstar Gautam Gambhir has hit out at former Indian skipper MS Dhoni for the decisions he made as a captain during the CB series in Australia in 2012.
The 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup winning star criticized Dhoni for his selection policy which stated that Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag wouldn't play together in an ODI keeping in mind the 2015 World Cup.
Gambhir, who had been at the heart of India's World Cup success in 2011, expressed his shock that despite scoring runs and being fit on the field, he and the other two batsmen were overlooked to play together.
Stating that the decision came as a 'complete shock' to all the three players, the left-hander questioned the policy, mentioning that when Dhoni and India were desperate for a win, the trio were played at once.
"If you have the skills to score the runs and you are not a liability on the field, you can go on to play as long as you want. This was always told to us and even in Australia we got to know that all the three can't play together, and we eventually got to play together. When we were in a desperate need to win a game, I remember in Hobart, Viru and Sachin opened and I batted at three with Virat batted at four. India won that game and we had to chase in 37 over," he added.
He then directly went onto question Dhoni for the tactics, saying that the then Indian skipper should have stood by his decision if he made it at the first place.
"At the start of the series, we didn't play together, it was a rotation thing. When it was a desperate moment, MS had to play three of us. If you take a decision, back your decision, stick to it. Don't back on something on which you have already decided," Gambhir told India Today
Earlier this week, the swashbucking opener announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, bringing curtains on a glitzy career.