Mumbai: India cricketer and Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir sat down with comedian Vikram Sathaye in chat show ‘What The Duck’ and narrated stories about complimentary passes to cricket matches, his bats being named after ‘Rocky Balboa’ and venting out his frustration on toothbrushes.
“People go crazy in Delhi, I don’t know what goes wrong. They only need complimentary passes and that is just becoming a habit even if tickets are available. Even if you don’t know someone they will try and trace some kind of relation with you somewhere as you know them for passes,” said Gambhir.
He said that everyone is related to everyone; all of them are related to the Prime Minister and somehow, they take out some relationship angle, especially during IPL matches.
He also shared an interesting story of his bat which is close to his heart.
“Rocky Balboa and the whole series has been close to my heart. I have been brought up watching the Rocky Series and ‘First Blood’ series. I am obviously a big fan of Sylvester Stallone,” he added.
The left-handed batsman named his favourite bat Rocky Balboa and the rest of the bats followed as Rocky 1, Rocky 2.
When asked about the co-relation between toothbrushes and his mood he said, “My mood depends on how I treat my tooth brushes. Being a skipper is a strenuous job, and when you are going through a rough phase, obviously you start taking out your frustration, you can’t take it out on anyone, you can’t take it out on your team mates or your wife. The only person that is left is your toothbrush”. So if his toothbrush is in bad condition, it means Gambhir has not been in the best of his moods.
When asked about his wife Natasha to whom he was dating and wanted to give a match pass in the ICC World Cup final in 2011, he said: “I asked her if she wanted a pass, she replied asking if the match was that important.”
“She still regrets and feels that is the only thing the missed till now in her life,” added Gambhir.