Kolkata: His image taking a bit of beating after verbal duel with Rahul Dravid during Friday's IPL game, Gautam Gambhir on Saturday sought to clear the air by saying that he never exchanged any harsh words with the legendary batsman, who remains a respected figure for him.
This is the second time time that Gambhir is involved in such an altercation. In an earlier IPL match, he and Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli were involved in an ugly on-field spat.
Last night in the fifth over of the KKR innings, first Manvindra Bisla and Shane Watson started a verbal duel when the latter threaten to throw a ball back the batsman.
Dravid tried to calm down Bisla but the stumper wanted him to cool off Watson first. Gambhir who was batting at the other end, also joined the heated discussion.
In the next over, when Gambhir was stumped by Dinesh Yagnik off Watson, it looked that the batsman again exchanged some words with Dravid before walking off.
However, Gambhir early this morning clarified that there no such altercation happened.
"Guys, u have got it all wrong. No harsh words exchanged between me n Rahul bhai. He was n will always be a respected teammate. No fuss plz," he wrote on his twitter page.
Gambhir actually ridiculed the way last night's incident is being circulated.
Australian spin legend Shane Warne, who led the Rajasthan Royals to IPL title in 2008, took to twitter to criticized the Indian opener.
Question cricket followers - is Gambhir in the top 3 annoying cricketers on the planet???," Warne wrote on his twitter page.
Story first published on: Saturday, 04 May 2013 11:36 IST