Former Indian opening batter Gautam Gambhir has offered an explanation for his controversial gesture directed at fans during the Asia Cup 2023 match between India and Nepal at the Pallekele International Stadium. The former World Cup winner addressed the situation on his social media platform, shedding light on the circumstances that led to his actions.
Gambhir found himself embroiled in controversy after he was seen making a middle-finger gesture toward spectators, resulting in criticism from fans across various social media platforms. Initial reports suggested that the 41-year-old had displayed this gesture in response to chants of ‘Kohli, Kohli’ from the crowd. However, a subsequent video surfaced in which derogatory slogans like ‘Bharat Tere Tukde Honge’ (India, your pieces will be divided) were audible.
Taking to his social media platform, Gambhir shared the following statement:
“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. Not everything is as it seems. Any Indian would react as I did to the kind of slogans used against our nation. I love our players, and I love my country.”