Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has rubbished claims of his alleged rift with former India captain MS Dhoni, stating he has a lot of ‘mutual respect’ for the veteran wicketkeeper-batter. Gambhir, who has been criticised in the past for some of his comments on Dhoni, mentioned he would be the first person to stand next to the Ranchi-born superstar.

“See I have so much of mutual respect for him and it’ll always remain. I’ve said it on air, I’ll say it on your channel, I can say it anywhere in front of 138 crore people, that if ever in need, I hope he’s never in need, but if ever in need in life, I’ll be the first one standing next to him because of what he’s done for Indian cricket, what he’s as a human being,” said Gambhir while speaking to Jatin Sapru on his YouTube show ‘Over and Out’.

Gambhir said he was the vice-captain under MSD for the longest time despite the two had a difference of opinions.

“See we can have differences in opinion, you might look at the game a different way, I might look at the game in a different way. I’ve got my own opinions, he’s got his own opinion. I’ve actually been the vice-captain the longest time when he was the captain… We’ve been rivals on the field when we played for our respective teams. But I’ve got so much mutual respect for him, for the kind of person, the kind of cricketer he is,” he added.

The Delhi-lad also further mentioned that Dhoni had the capability to break all white-ball records had the veteran stumper batted at No.3 for Team India.

“And I can say it again, had he batted at No. 3, he would’ve broken all the records. We talk about some of the greats of No. 3 – he would’ve broken everything in white-ball cricket,” Gambhir added further.

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