While lauding the Indian men’s hockey team for their historic triumph at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir went on to state that the team’s bronze medal triumph was bigger than the Indian cricket team’s victories in the cricket World Cups of 1983, 2007 and 2011. “Forget 1983, 2007 or 2011, this medal in Hockey is bigger than any World Cup! #IndianHockeyMyPride”, read Gambhir’s tweet.
The win in the 1983 World Cup is considered as one of the biggest sporting moments in India’s history as the team led by Kapil Dev defeated the mighty West Indies in the finale. Gambhir was a part of the 2007 (the inaugural T20I World Cup edition) and 2011 (ICC ODI World Cup) victories, which India achieved under the leadership of MS Dhoni.
Gambhir’s comparison didn’t go down well with the fans, who blasted the former player for his comments.
Here’s how fans reacted: