Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Several fans in various social media platforms slammed former India great Sunil Gavaskar for his contrasting analysis of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli’s dismissals in the match against Bangladesh in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024.

Indian captain Rohit Sharma had scored a quickfire 11-ball 23 to get India off to a flying start in the powerplay against Bangladesh. On the other hand, Kohli played a more measured innings, scoring 37 off 28 balls. However, Gavaskar praised the selflessness of Rohit. On the other hand, he was harsher in his criticism about Virat’s dismissal. This led to a lot of unhappy reactions from fans of Kohli.

“Someone who has hit 10 runs in two balls would not go for a big shot, but for Rohit Sharma, it is all about the team,” said Gavaskar on air after Rohit’s dismissal.

“What was he thinking? Should have played inside out,” said the legendry batsman sarcastically after Kohli’s dismissal.

Meanwhile, the difference in reaction from Gavaskar to Rohit and Kohli’s dismissals didn’t go down well with several fans on social media. The former India batter was tagged ‘biased’ and a ‘hypocrite’ by fans on X (earlier know as Twitter).

“It’s not fans but the commentators like Sunil Gavaskar who create the difference between the fans and players,” wrote a fan.

In response to Gavaskar’s comment, another fan tweeted, “Sunil Gavaskar has become so annoying and is the biggest hypocrite. What was he trying to do - After Kohli got out Rohit is always for the team.”

“Rohit Sharma playing big shots is considered "for the team," while Virat Kohli doing the same is termed as "What is he trying to do?" Cricketers like Sunil Gavaskar keep talking senseless like this and then expect respect in return,” a third user commented.

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