Former India cricketer Chetan Chauhan has finally replied to Gautam Gambhir’s claims of DDCA officials stopping the fiery pacer Navdeep Saini from representing Delhi in the Ranji Trophy. Earlier, Gautam lashed out at legendary former spinner Bishan Singh Bedi and Chauhan. Gambhir had claimed that fast bowler Saini was treated as an outsider in the Delhi circuit.
After Saini’s impressive debut against West Indies in the 1st T20I in which he almost took a hat-trick, Gautam took a jibe at the former DDCA officials in a Twitter post. Navdeep scalped three wickets including a maiden over in his debut international outing and was adjudged the man of the match for his heroics.
Gautam’s tweet read: “Kudos Navdeep Saini on ur India debut. U already have 2 wkts even before u have [email protected] & @ChetanChauhanCr. Their middle stumps are gone seeing debut of a player whose cricketing obituary they wrote even before he stepped on the field, shame!!!”
Kudos Navdeep Saini on ur India debut. U already have 2 wkts even before u have bowled— @BishanBedi & @ChetanChauhanCr. Their middle stumps are gone seeing debut of a player whose cricketing obituary they wrote even before he stepped on the field, shame!!! @BCCI pic.twitter.com/skD77GYjk9
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) August 3, 2019
Chauhan, now Uttar Pradesh’s sports minister, defended himself by saying that he had no doubts regarding Saini’s ability. He added that it was a rule set out by DDCA and he was merely following it.
Replying to Gambhir’s allegations, Chauhan clarified that the then-skipper Gambhir had threatened the management and offered to quit in case the demand wasn’t fulfilled. He added, “Then one fine day, Gambhir suggested Saini’s name and I was against it because it was against the regulations. Gambhir even threatened to quit playing for Delhi and cricketers from Delhi were moving out to different states while some of the talented players were told to join the Delhi camp I got a call from then DDCA president Arun Jaitley, who wasn’t in favor of making it a public spectacle.”
Apart from Chauhan, Bedi had also replied to Gambhir’s claims. The former Indian skipper said that credit should completely go to Saini for his efforts. He denied all the accusation and added that he doesn’t believe that he has to “stoop to conquer.”