Revealed: Gautam Gambhir had heated clashes with Delhi selector Hari Gidwani
An upset Gautam Gambhir walks back after getting run out in the ICC World Cup 2011 quarter-final against Australia. (Photo courtesy: Getty Images)

Gautam Gambhir is not known for possessing the calmest of heads. Though widely respected for his stature, Gambhir has a knack of inviting trouble and earlier in the Indian cricket season 2015-16, his duel with Manoj Tiwary caught many headlines. It was reported that Gambhir, who was leading Delhi, came close to exchange blows with the Bengal captain during a Ranji Trophy match.

Well, that is just one instance from Gambhir’s career. In the past, he has had famous altercations with Shane Watson, Simon Katich and even Virat Kohli. Now, Delhi selector Hari Gidwani has accused Gambhir of insulting him during selection meetings in 2015-16 season.

In an interview with mid-day, Gidwani said, “I was insulted several times by Gautam. He asked questions like ‘who made you a selector and how many matches have you played?’ I shot back saying it was none of his business to ask who appointed me. I also told him that I have played Duleep Trophy, Irani Cup and matches against touring teams boasting of world-class attacks. What shocked me was none of my co-selectors said anything to Gautam about his behaviour.”

Gidwani was so hurt that he contemplated resigning midway and does not know whether he will continue or not in the next season.

Gambhir may have doubts over Gidwani’s credentials but the latter has played First-Class cricket for almost two decades, first for Bihar and then Delhi. He has 6,805 First-Class runs at 42.53. He is best remembered for his five consecutive hundreds in Ranji Trophy matches in 1986-87 and 1987-88 seasons.