Mumbai: Three months ago, BJP MP Gautam Gambhir had said India should not play Pakistan in the World Cup on account of the Pulwama attack.
But the same Gambhir was an expert commentator during the match on June 16. “Hypocritical,” people have pointed out.
Three months ago, Gambhir had said: “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 the Asia Cup as well, that’s what I believe."
Gambhir had asked people to boycott the World Cup match against Pakistan that was held on June 16 at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester.
However, a day before the most-awaited match, Gambhir tweeted a contest which grabbed the attention of netizens.
Here comes the biggest battle we all look out for. Play 'Star Contest' with me for #INDvsPAK match on @CricPlay. Let's see if you can score more than me, follow the @CricPlay page, download the App & create your team now! #CricPlay #FantasyCricket #StarContest #AbIndiaKhelega pic.twitter.com/eKRWa8iLYF— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) June 16, 2019
The next day, his appearance on Star Sports channel provoked several users to come to the micro-blogging site and point out his "hypocrisy'':
Ghar se nikalte hi...— Karthik (@beastoftraal) June 16, 2019
Kuch door chalte hi... pic.twitter.com/uStx8MIcmH
#IndiaVsPakistan— Souvik Roy Moulick (@SouvikRM10) June 16, 2019
Gautam Gambhir before the elections - "India should boycott playing against Pakistan, even if it means letting go of the World Cup final, India should be ready to do it."
Gambhir now - pic.twitter.com/Vwc7gyckyL
So Gautam Gambhir is doing commentary and making money out of a match he is opposing.— Sumit Kashyap (@sumitkashyapjha) June 16, 2019
Hypocrisy is not a Gambhir matter pic.twitter.com/pwjnCweydx— Shivam Vij (@DilliDurAst) June 16, 2019
Gambhir is in the perfect mould of a Indian politicians. He grabs attention by something to instigate the nationalist feelings then goes and makes money doing analysis of the very same match he wanted India to forfeit.— Dweepayan Mishra 🏳️🌈 (@dmmishra96) June 17, 2019
Gambhir preach what you practice atleast. pic.twitter.com/w4Hwrcj5s8
Gambhir was calling for boycott of Pak after Pulwama, today he's cheering for #IndiaVsPakistan match.— IRONY MAN (@karanku100) June 16, 2019
Sehwag suggested to boycott WC, today he's brand ambsdr of Ind-Pak match.
Zee News bashed Sidhu whn he went Pak ,today they hv invited Pak guests to discuss match.