Has Kohli's ego ended Gambhir's career?

Has Kohlis ego ended Gambhirs career?
Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir's friendship has turned sour in the most spectacular fashion

Dubai - Gambhir's fans slam Kohli after Delhi player was overlooked by selectors for New Zealand series



By KT Sports

Published: Thu 15 Sep 2016, 7:15 PM

Last updated: Thu 15 Sep 2016, 9:30 PM

Those who follow Indian cricket know everything about the Virat Kohli-Gautam Gambhir rivalry. 
Yes, Kohli and Gambhir did share some outstanding ODI partnerships that won some unforgettable encounters for India, but the two Delhi players' friendship has turned sour in the most spectacular fashion. 
It all started when Kohli, who emerged as the new Indian batting superstar in 2012, was made the vice-captain of the Indian team as the selectors overlooked the more experienced Gambhir.
There were reports that tension between the two began to brew from that very moment. There was even an ugly incident during a 2013 IPL match when both players had to be separated by Kolkata Knight Riders players following a furious exchange of words between the two.

While Kohli continued to go from strength to strength as an India player, Gambhir has been on a steady decline. And with the emergence of Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay as a reliable opening pair, the road to redemption became even tougher for Gambhir.
But Dhawan's poor form with the bat in recent times gave Gambhir a glimmer of hope. The aggressive left-hander didn't have a season to remember in the last Ranji Trophy (488 runs at an average of 37.5), but he was among the most prolific scorers (501, five half-centuries) in IPL 2016. 
In the ongoing Duleep Trophy in India, Gambhir has already amassed 320 runs at an average of 80.
So that gave him hope of getting back into the Indian Test team once again. But the Indian selectors opted to stick with the out-of-form Dhawan and the inconsistent Rohit Sharma for the upcoming three-Test series against New Zealand at home.
Even former India captain Sourav Ganguly slammed the selectors' decision.
Gambhir later vowed to keep fighting for a place in the Indian team on Twitter.
"I'm disappointed but not defeated; I'm cornered but not a coward. Grit my partner, courage my pride...for, I must fight, I must fight...," Gambhir tweeted.

While Gambhir was gracious in his tweet, his fans were aggressive and blamed Kohli, the current Test captain, for Gambhir's seemingly hopeless situation.
Many saw a conspiracy behind all that and some even said Kohli's ego has cost Gambhir a Test berth.
Now at 34, it looks unlikely that Gambhir (Tests 54 Runs 4021 100s 9 Average 44.18 Highest 206) will ever get a chance to bat for his country again in Test cricket. His fans feel their favourite star - one of India's 2011 World Cup heroes - deserves a better treatment.


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