“It's all about TRPs, media has no idea…”: Gautam Gambhir on the hype around his relationship with Virat Kohli | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir gave insights into his relationship with Virat Kohli and the nuances of on-field conduct, highlighting the complexities inherent in their interactions both within and beyond the cricketing arena.
Gambhir highlighted the role of the media in shaping public perceptions, highlighting the tendency to sensationalize for the sole purpose of garnering ratings.
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“It's all about TRPs. The media has no idea what kind of person I am, what kind of person Virat is. All the media wants to do is create hype. But hype can “also be created in a positive way,” Gambhir observed, highlighting the impact of media coverage on public opinion.

“I absolutely support what Virat said. Logon ka masala nahi mila toh (Gossip is over for people). Like I said, when two people are mature enough, I don't think anyone has the right to interfere between two people, people's lives or their relationships because at the end of the day, it's between two of them,” Gambhir added on the matter.
Speaking to his lighter side, Gambhir humorously acknowledged Kohli's dancing prowess, joking: “Even if I want to, I can't pull off even a single move. So if I had to learn something from Virat would be his dance moves,” demonstrating camaraderie. shared between the two cricketers.


Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir (PTI)

On the controversial issue of Kohli's strike rate, Gambhir echoed the sentiments expressed by the Indian captain, emphasizing the contextual nature of performance metrics.
“Every player has a different game. What Maxwell can do, Kohli can't do and what Kohli can do, Maxwell can't. You have to have different types of batters in your XI. If from No.1 to No. 8 you stack it with Explosive batsmen, you can score 300 but also get bowled out for 30,” Gambhir asserted, highlighting the diversity of playing styles within a team.
Elaborating on the importance of strike rate, Gambhir highlighted its correlation with match dynamics and situational factors.
“When you win, even a strike rate of 100 is good. But when you lose despite a strike rate of 180, no one talks about it. That's the reality,” explained Gambhir, offering a nuanced perspective on the performance evaluation in cricket. .
Earlier, Kohli had responded to criticism over his change in on-field behavior, especially in light of recent displays of sportsmanship. Reflecting on past altercations, Kohli dismissed the detractors' disappointment by joking: “People are very disappointed with my behavior. I hugged Naveen and then the other day Gauti bhai [Gautam Gambhir] hugged me. Now that they don't have anything juicy anymore, they start booing. We are not children!”

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