Gautam Gambhir, who recently announced retirement from all forms of competitive cricket, has criticsed the decisions taken by MS Dhoni, under his captaincy, during the 2012 CB series in Australia.
In an interview given to India Today, Gambhir revealed that Dhoni had informed him during the CB series in Australia in 2012 that India would not be able to field Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Gambhir in a same ODI playing XI as they were looking to build the team for 2015 World Cup.
"In the 2012 Tri-series in Australia, Dhoni declared that he can't play all three (Gambhir, Sachin and Sehwag) of us together as he was looking ahead at the 2015 World Cup. It was a massive shock, I think it would have been a massive shock for any cricketer. I have not heard anyone be told in 2012 that they would never be a part of the 2015 World Cup. I always had the impression that if you keep scoring runs, age is a just a number," Gambhir said.
Gambhir also added that India were forced to play all three of them when they were in desperate situation.
"When we were in a desperate need to win a game, I remember in Hobart, Viru and Sachin opened and I batted at three with Virat batted at four. India won that game and we had to chase in 37 over. At the start of the series, we didn't play together, it was a rotation thing. When it was a desperate moment, MS had to play three of us. If you take a decision, back your decision, stick to it. Don't back on something on which you have already decided," Gambhir added.
Gambhir finished the series as India's second highest run-getter after Virat Kohli with 308 runs from seven matches at an average of 44 while India failed to qualify for the best-of-three finals of the tri-series which also included Australia and Sri Lanka. Australia eventually won the series with a 2-1 victory in the finals.