Just three months back, BJP MP and ex-Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir said at an event in Delhi, “Either you don’t play them anywhere or open doors for them. What happened in Pulwama is absolutely not acceptable. I am sure it’s going to be difficult to boycott Pakistan in the World Cup but they are not playing them in bilaterals. The best they can do is to stop playing in Asia Cup as well, that’s what I believe.”
His strong comments came in the wake of the terror attack in Pulwama in February where 44 CRPF soldiers lost their lives. Gambhir, in his message, asked the country to forfeit the World Cup match against Pakistan that was held on June 16 at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester.
Adding to the misery was the former cricketer’s appearance on Star Sports channel, where he was seen on the panel extending his cricket prowess and analysing the India-Pakistan contest through the course of the match. That he was “making money” off an India-Pakistan match he had once suggested forfeiting, did not go down well with Twitterati. Several eagle-eyed users were quick to point out his “hypocrisy” and slammed Gambhir by bringing up his statement and videos from the past.