Former Indian player Gautam Gambhir broke silence on hero worship in India and said that people need to look beyond the stardom of a player. By giving the example of Virat Kohli’s 71st century against Bangladesh Gautam reminded audience of Bhuvi’s 5 wicket haul from the same match.
For the unversed, India played their last match of Asia Cup 2022 against Bangladesh. Rohit Sharma was not a part of this match and in his absence KL Rahul lost the toss and was asked to bat first. Virat Kohli opened with KL and ended the drought by scoring his first T20I century.
But the Men In Blue maintained their form in the second innings as well, after Bhuvneshwar Kumar took another five wicket haul and Indian won the match by 111 runs. But seems like the praises for Virat Kohli didn’t go well with Gautam Gambhir and while talking about that the same the former Indian batsman said that Kohli scores a 100 after nearly 3 years and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s five-wicket haul went completely unnoticed.
But Gambhir also added that the culture of hero worship leads to such problems. ‘This was so unfortunate as I was the only one, during that commentary stint, who said that. Bhuvi bowled four overs and got five wickets. But Virat scores a 100 and there are celebrations everywhere in this country. And that’s why I feel India needs to come out of this hero worshipping mode. Whether it’s Politics, Indian cricket, whether it’s politics.’
However, Gambhir went ahead and told the reason behind this as well. The former No.3 batter said that the hero worshiping is done because of brand building and it has two causes. First are the social media fans, which according to him is the fakest thing in the world, as we judge a person by how many follower one has.
And the second reason is media, which keeps talking and highlighting about a single persons’ good and bad deed or results. Gautam Gambhir said that if media keeps on asking every celebrity about when will Kohli score his next 100 or what does one has to say about Kohli not scoring his 71st century, it becomes a thing.
The person might not be in a good form but is becoming a brand as the country is still talking about him and not giving as much as attention to people who performed and played well for the country in the due course of time.