‘Forgive me, OUT because of the team…’ When Gautam Gambhir publicly apologized to the first centurion of IPL

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‘Forgive me, OUT because of the team…’ When Gautam Gambhir publicly apologized to the first centurion of IPL

New Delhi. Gautam Gambhir has once again returned to Kolkata Knight Riders. He will work as a mentor for KKR in IPL 2024. Recently, in one of his videos, he had mentioned the IPL 2012 final, in which he had dropped Brendon McCullum despite being in form due to the team combination.

Gautam Gambhir said that before the final of IPL 2012, fast bowler Lakshmipathy Balaji was ruled out of the title clash due to a hamstring injury. Because of this, Brett Lee was brought into the playing-11 in terms of team combination and due to this, McCullum had to be dropped from the playing-11 whereas McCullum was in excellent form in the 2012 IPL.

McCullum first century of IPL
Let us tell you that Brendon McCullum is the first centurion of IPL. Playing for KKR in the first match of IPL history in 2008, he played a stormy inning of 158 runs against RCB.

I apologized to McCullum in front of the entire team: Gambhir
Referring to that incident, Gambhir said, "Before leaving for that final at the Chepauk Stadium, I had apologized to Brendon McCullum in front of the entire team. I said that I am sorry that I had to keep you out of the playing-11. The reason for this is not your performance, it is only because of the team combination. Nobody wanted to do that. But I had the courage to apologize to him in front of the entire team. There is nothing wrong in apologizing."

Let us tell you that Brett Lee proved expensive in the final of IPL 2012. He gave away 42 runs in 4 overs. Thanks to half-centuries from Michael Hussey and Suresh Raina, Chennai Super Kings scored 190 runs in 20 overs. Chasing this target, Manvinder Bisla played an innings of 89 runs in 48 balls to help Kolkata Knight Riders win by 5 wickets. Then KKR became champion for the first time.


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