Ex India cricketers face off over Navdeep Saini
August 6, 2019
Gautam Gambhir and former India cricket captain Bishan Singh Bedi are in the midst of an ugly spat on Twitter after Gambhir accused Bedi of trying to push his son Angad in Delhi's age-group teams.
Gambhir has accused Bedi and former Delhi cricket selection committee chief Chetan Chauhan of trying to block Navdeep Saini's entry in the Delhi Ranji team in 2013. The Karnal-born fast bowler made an impressive debut for the country in the first T20 International against the West Indies, taking three wickets for 17 runs.
Former India opener Gambhir took the opportunity to take a dig at the two former India players.
Kudos Navdeep Saini on your India debut. You already have 2 wickets even before u have bowled -Bishan Bedi & ChetanChauhan. Their middle stumps are gone seeing debut of a player whose cricketing obituary they wrote even before he stepped on the field, shame!!! - Gautam Gambhir, Former cricketer
Bedi responded saying he did not react comments on Twitter. "I have never said a negative thing about Navdeep Saini. Also I believe if someone has made it, it's his credit not any Tom, Dick or Harry's."
Gambhir then dragged Bedi's son Angad into the controversy. He also attached a 2013 letter by Bedi questioning Saini's selection as he wasn't from Delhi. On Sunday, Bedi denied that he had any role to play.
It is reported that Bedi and Chauhan were part of a faction of the Delhi and District Cricket Association members who did not approve of Gambhir's move to bring in Haryana-born Saini in the Delhi Ranji Trophy team.
This is not the first time Gambhir has passed comments on Bedi and Chauhan. He had done the same when Saini made it to India's Test squad for the one-off Test against Afghanistan last year. Saini, however, did not play in that Test.